The drawbridge was stuck in the open position for about 45 minutes, beginning at around 5:20 p.m. That’s when the crash happened on the highway’s southbound lanes, near Ridge Street in Ferrysburg.
The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office and Ferrysburg Fire Department were dispatched to the crash.
The investigation at the scene revealed that an 18-year-old Muskegon resident was traveling south in a 2007 Dodge Neon and did not stop in time for the traffic that had stopped due to the bridge malfunction, said Sgt. Rick Sykes of the Sheriff’s Office. The young woman’s Neon collided with a 2014 Chevrolet Equinox driven by a 49-year-old Grand Haven resident.
The Equinox then collided with a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu driven by a 27-year-old Fennville resident, Sykes said.
A witness said two of the vehicles caught fire and were extinguished by Ferrysburg firefighters.
The Muskegon teen and Fennville man were both transported by Pro-Med EMS to Hackley Hospital in Muskegon with non-life-threatening injuries.
The crash remains under investigation by the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office.
During the bridge malfunction, local police began diverting northbound U.S. 31 traffic at Comstock Street, south of Grand Haven. The bridge was reopened to traffic at about 6:05 p.m.