Deadly, Messy Monday Morning For Metro Detroit Drivers

Concrete truck crash closes I-94; Man dies in Rockwood; Dodge Charger crashes into I-94 bridge.

July 15, 2019 - 8:02 am

(WWJ) A deadly Monday morning is unfolding on area freeways.  

Michigan State Police say a man was killed after losing control of his Dodge Charger on the ramp from westbound I-94 to the northbound Lodge Freeway around 1 a.m.

Investigators say the driver was thrown from the car after it went airborne and crashed into the bridge. Meanwhile, another person has died in a crash on southbound I-75 near South Huron River Road on the Wayne-Monroe County border. That crash was reported around 3:30 a.m. In the Monroe crash, police say Charles D. Long, 53, of Brownstown, was operating a gray 2004 Ford Super Duty pick-up southbound on I-75 when for unknown reasons he drove off of the roadway to the right and struck a road sign.

Long’s vehicle then re-entered the roadway, careening to the left where it struck the center median barrier. After striking the barrier, the vehicle continued southbound coming to rest along the right shoulder of southbound I-75.

Long was struck by multiple vehicles while outside of his vehicle and within the southbound lanes of travel. "The circumstances of how Mr. Long became separated from his vehicle are unknown at this time. It is unknown how many vehicles struck Mr. Long. However, drivers of two vehicles stopped to report striking Mr. Long," Monroe County Sheriff's Department said in a press release.

Investigations in both accidents are underway.

Additionally, a female motorcyclist crashed into the Southfield Freeway wall, with her bike careening down the freeway without her. She's being treated for multiple injuries.

To top it off, all lanes of I-94 at 8 Mile in Harper Woods were closed when a street sweeper attempting to pass a semi truck on westbound I-94, struck the rear tire of the semi and crashed into the median wall. The street sweeper tipped over

The impact sent cement into all lanes of eastbound traffic, sending up a plume of smoke, striking numerous vehicles and causing several flat tires. 

"What a bizarre accident," WWJ's Charlie Langton reported.

The driver of the street sweeper was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

"I saw a bunch of smoke, I thought the building was on fire," John Marquis, a witness, told WWJ. "I looked down and saw the vacuum truck. Chunks of concrete in the eastbound lanes. Cars hitting the cement at 70 miles an hour. Sparks flying all over the place." 

I-94 was closed for about three hours.