LANSING - A man remains in critical condition Tuesday afternoon following a morning accident along I-96 south of Lansing. 5 people in all had to be taken to the hospital. Michigan State Police say a 27-year-old man from Sterling Heights is critically injured.
The crash happened just after 8:30am in the westbound lanes of I-96 between the Cedar Street and MLK Blvd. exits. State police say the preliminary investigation indicates the driver of the at-fault vehicle appears to not have noticed that traffic on the highway had been slowed or stopped by an earlier accident further to the west. It appears the at-fault driver was traveling at highway speed when he or she crashed into the rear end a car that was stopped. This caused a chain reaction of crashes.
Cars were backup up along I-96 for miles during the morning commute, as accident investigators tried to determine what happened and cleared the scene. At one point both directions of I-96 were stopped when a minor accident occurred in the eastbound lanes in that same stretch of highway.