1-year-old dead in crash on EB I-94 at I-696
St. Clair Shores — A 1-year-old boy died in a Tuesday morning car crash on eastbound Interstate 94 at Interstate 696 that left the road closed for hours during morning rush hour, according to Michigan State Police.
Officials said the child was properly restrained in a car seat at the time of the collision.
They also said the driver of a van that appears to have caused the crash, a 37-year-old Toledo man, was arrested, though State Police said later Tuesday in a tweet that the motorist had been released "pending further investigation of new information."
The crash happened in the 6 a.m. hour, the Michigan Department of Transportation said.
Authorities reopened the freeway's eastbound lanes at around 9:30 a.m. after closing them and the eastbound I-696 ramp to eastbound I-94 shortly before 6:30 a.m.
Lt. Mike Shaw, a commander and spokesman for the Michigan State Police in Metro Detroit, said a preliminary investigation shows a van traveling in the left center lane of I-94 changed into the left lane and rear-ended a passenger car.
The van's driver, the car's driver and a passenger in the car were taken to a hospital with serious injuries.
A GoFundMe account was started on the family's behalf. As of Wednesday morning, it had surpassed the $10,000 goal by more than $200.
A 1-year-old was killed in a car crash last year but was a pedestrian, according to Michigan State Police data.
According to the most recent crash data, 889 people have died in car crashes in Michigan this year, one fewer than at this time last year.