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Hazel Park — Michigan State Police have reopened southbound Interstate 75 after a fatal crash in an area between Nine Mile and Eight Mile early Thursday morning.

The crash was one of two that snarled rush hour traffic on I-75 and I-696, two of the most heavily traveled freeways in the metro area.

According to the MSP, the fatal I-75 crash occurred at about 3:20 a.m.

“Troopers were dispatched to an injury accident ... where an on-scene investigation showed that a Toyota, occupied by two males, had stopped in the center lane of the freeway for an unknown reason,” said F/Lt. Mike Shaw. “The Toyota was struck by an SUV traveling southbound on the freeway.”

According to Shaw, the driver of the Toyota was killed from the impact. His passenger was transported to Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital with serious injuries.

The driver of the SUV was taken to Detroit Receiving Hospital with minor injuries. Police are withholding the name of the driver pending notification of next of kin.

The crash caused traffic to be backed up as far as the I-75/I-696 interchange.

Also Thursday morning, commuters had to endure a massive traffic jam because of a two-vehicle crash that occurred in the westbound lanes of I-696 at I-75 that occurred just before 7 a.m.

The crash closed down three of the four lanes and caused traffic to back up as far as Mound. There were no reports of injuries and the freeway was cleared by 8 a.m.

TGreenwood@detroitnews.com

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