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State Police: Man Killed In Fiery Crash On I-94 Was Driving Erratically

January 16, 2019 - 8:30 pm
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ST. CLAIR SHORES (WWJ) - A man who was killed in a fiery crash that completely shut down a section of I-94 Wednesday evening was apparently driving erratically before the accident. 

Michigan State Police said a Buick Regal was headed eastbound on I-94 near 9 Mile Road in St. Clair Shores, at around 6:40 p.m., when the 55-year-old driver lost control.

The vehicle left the roadway on the right embankment, struck a concrete pillar underneath Stephens Road and burst into flames. St. Claire Shores police officers tried to reach the driver, but it was too late; the fire was too intense. The driver was declared dead at the scene. 

The officers were taken to the hospital and treated for smoke inhalation. 

No other occupants or vehicles were involved.

Police say a preliminary investigation revealed that the Buick was driving erratically for a couple miles prior to the crash. 

An autopsy is scheduled Thursday to further identify the driver and determine if he may have suffered a medical event.

The freeway was closed for several hours for the investigation and cleanup, but has since reopened to traffic. 

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