Police: 2 killed in 2 days in fatal crashes on I-94

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Two drivers died in separate car crashes on Interstate 94 on Tuesday and Wednesday, Michigan State Police confirmed.

It was late Wednesday night, just before midnight, when state troopers responded to the crash, which took place on eastbound I-94 near Masonic in St. Clair Shores. Police say the driver of a 2007 Saturn got spun around after trying to slow down for a dark vehicle whose driver had hit the brakes quickly and unexpectedly. The Saturn lost control, hit the guardrail and came to a stop, facing westbound in the left and center lanes.

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Just then, a 2008 Dodge pickup, headed eastbound, struck the Saturn. The 33-year-old driver of the Saturn, a Clinton Township man, was pronounced dead at the scene but the driver of the Dodge was not hurt. In the early hours of the investigation, police don’t know if drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash, nor whether the driver of the Saturn wore a seat belt. State police are asking anyone who witnessed the crash to come forward and reach out at (248) 584-5740.

Early Tuesday morning, about 9:20 a.m., state police responded to a rollover crash on westbound I-94, near Linwood, in Detroit.

Headed westbound were a Ford Escape and a Dodge Caravan. The Escape slowed down for traffic, but the Caravan did not stop. It hit the Escape, forcing it to roll over.

The 63-year-old Inkster man who drove the Ford was immediately unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital. There were no skidmarks on the roadway, state police said in a statement, “indicating the driver of the Dodge did not brake prior to the crash.” Police believe the crash is a matter of distracted driving, but the investigation continues.

According to numbers released Tuesday by the Michigan Department of Transportation, some 266 people have died in car crashes in Michigan in 2017, including 15 fatalities within the previous week. That’s up 10 from that point in 2016.