Traffic Moving Again on I-96 East

By: Jennifer Dowling Email
By: Jennifer Dowling Email

Michigan State Police have reopened I-96 East near the Williamston Road exit. It was closed for more than 9 hours following a deadly rollover Monday afternoon.

The crash happened just after 2:00 pm near the Williamston exit. A 57-year-old Florida man driving a semi lost control while heading eastbound on I-96 near mile marker 117. Sgt. Steve Sopocy says, "It appears that the vehicle veered off the roadway to the right, striking the guardrail."

The truck hit the guardrail and then flipped on its side and finally came to a stop a few hundred feet down the road. Sgt. Sopocy says, "The vehicle did actually flip onto its side, taking out a long section of the guardrail. The driver was ejected and was dead when law enforcement officials arrived on the scene. Hazmat crews responded to clean the area. Sopocy says about 50-gallons of fuel spilled out of a tank that ruptured during the crash.

No other drivers were hit during the accident. Sgt. Sopocy says, "To our knowledge, there were no other vehicles involved in the collision whatsoever."

Other than the flattened guardrail, law enforcement says the truck did impact a small bridge. Crews from the Michigan Department of Transportation will check to make sure that bridge is safe. The cause is still under investigation. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.


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