Crashes snarl traffic on 2 freeways; 1 killed

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News
Traffic on eastbound I-94 is backed up due to a crash on the freeway near the Southfield Road exit.

Two major freeways in Metro Detroit were closed in the middle of rush hour due to accidents — one of which claimed the life of a 32-year-old motorcycle rider from Taylor, officials said.

Michigan State Police said the man was riding a 2016 Yamaha motorcycle at a high speed on Interstate 94 near Greenfield when he attempted to cut between a box truck and a semi-tractor trailer and struck the box truck. Officials said he was killed instantly.

The semi's driver stopped instantly, police said, but the box truck continued on its way. Its driver may not realize it was struck, they said.

Troopers are looking for the truck. Police said it's white and may have damage to the right rear corner. The truck's driver or anyone with information about the crash should call the state police's Metro South Post at (734) 287-5000.

The crash, which happened after 8 a.m., according to the Michigan Department of Transportation. The incident closed I-94 at the Southfield Freeway in Allen Park for hours.

The department also announced eastbound I-96 at US-23 in Brighton was closed Friday morning due to an overturned semi-tractor trailer. The department announced the freeway reopened around 10:40 a.m. 

Officials with the state police said the semi was carrying hot asphalt when it overturned. Police rerouted traffic at Kensington Lake and then back on at Kent Lake.

State police on Twitter said the preliminary investigation showed the truck may have been improperly loaded or experienced an equipment problem, which resulted in the driver losing control and the overturn. There were no injuries.