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Police: Motorcyclist 'Clinging To Life' After Crash On I-696 In Warren

April 30, 2019 - 5:51 pm

WARREN (WWJ) - A stretch of I-696 was closed for several hours in Warren Tuesday, following a critical injury crash. 

A motorcyclist was trying to merge onto I-696 from Groesbeck Hwy., according to reports, when he crashed into a Ford pickup truck traveling on 696. Police said the impact was so severe that the bike "was cut in half."

Calling the crash a "tragedy," Warren Mayor Jim Fouts told WWJ that the motorcyclist was fatally injured. 

However, Warren police later said the man, a 21-year-old Oak Park resident, was "clinging to life" at a local hospital in "very, very critical" condition. 

All westbound lanes of I-696 were shut down after Groesbeck following the accident shortly after 9:30 a.m.  As police remained on the scene, traffic backed up for miles. The freeway reopened to traffic at around 2 p.m.

In light of accidents like this, Fouts said, he wants to stress the seriousness of staying alert, and not texting while driving. 

"It's so important that motorists look out for motorcyclists," the mayor added. "I mean, there's nothing between and motorcyclist and your car...and a heavy 2,000 pound vehicle, or what have you, is no match for one individual. So it's very important that everybody be cautious and be concerned for everyone else."

It's unclear if any charges are possible in connection with the incident, as an investigation continues. 

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story stated that this was a fatal accident. The article has been edited to reflect the latest information from police.