I-96 Closed For Hours After Fatal Crash Involving Semi-Trucks

November 08, 2018 - 4:32 pm

LYON TOWNSHIP (WWJ) - A section of I-96 near Kensington Metro Park was closed about 10 hours Thursday following a deadly accident involving two trucks.

The crash happened just before 6 a.m. on westbound I-96 between Kent Lake and Kensington roads in Lyon Township. 

According to police, a grocery delivery semi-truck started to have engine problems and the driver was able to get the vehicle mostly onto the shoulder. A short time later, the truck was struck from behind by a double bottom gravel hauler.

The driver of the hauler -- identified as 35-year-old St. Clair man -- was killed instantly in the crash, police said. Crews had to cut open the truck to get him out. 

The semi-truck driver was not injured. 

Drivers were urged to avoid the area as Michigan State Police said westbound I-96 was expected to remain closed at Milford Road until at least 1 p.m.  However, the investigation and cleanup ended up taking most of the day, with the freeway finally reopening shortly after 4 p.m. 

Traffic backups in the area continued, however, as the afternoon rush began. 

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