Detroit — A man who ran out of gas on an exit ramp from Interstate 96 was struck and killed early Thursday morning as he attempted to put gas into his disabled vehicle.
The incident occurred at about 2:30 a.m. on the westbound I-96 exit ramp to Joy Road.
According to a preliminary investigation by Michigan State Police, a 2002 GMC express van blocked a portion of the exit ramp after it ran out of fuel. The driver of the van was standing on the side of the van — in the traffic lane — attempting to put gas in the van.
It was then that a 2011 Ford Super Duty tow truck exited the ramp and struck the van driver as he stood in the traffic lane.
The victim has been identified as Reginald Wyatt, 36, of Detroit. He was transported to Henry Ford Hospital by Detroit EMS where he was dead on arrival.
The driver of the tow truck, a 32-year-old man from Dearborn, was uninjured in the crash. It does not appear that alcohol was a factor in the crash.
The exit ramp was closed from 2:30 a.m. until 4:50 a.m.