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      Traverse City men killed in Kent County crash

      Two Traverse City residents were killed in a crash on US-131 in Kent County Tuesday morning.

      Two Traverse City residents were killed in a crash on US-131 in Kent County Tuesday morning.

      According to a preliminary investigation, a 57-year-old Sparta man was headed south in a pick-up truck when he hit several vehicles that were stopped in the roadway because of a traffic backup. Witnesses say the pick-up was speeding and never braked.

      The result was a chain reaction involving seven different vehicles.

      John Pomeroy, 49, and William Kochis, 30, both from Traverse City, were killed.

      Pomeroy and Kochis were in the first vehicle that was hit.

      Several people were taken to local hospitals with minor injuries including the driver of the pick-up truck.