Police said the man stopped his Chevrolet Impala for a red light on northbound U.S. 31 shortly after 8 a.m. and was rear-ended by a Mazda driven by a Grand Haven woman.
Northbound traffic was slowed and diverted to the shoulder of the road for almost an hour as emergency officials cleaned up the crash.
Squealing tires sounded as gawkers had a couple of near-misses during the clean-up.
The woman in the Mazda was not injured.
The driver of the Impala suffered minor injuries.
Police did not reveal names of the drivers at the scene.