1 dead, 1 injured in early morning I-275 crash

Tom Greenwood
The Detroit News

Livonia — One person is dead and another injured after a fiery two vehicle crash early Thursday morning that closed a metro freeway for hours.

According to the Livonia Police Department, the incident occurred at about 3:25 a.m. on northbound Interstate 275 and Eight Mile.

“The initial investigation revealed that a maroon 1992 Chrysler LeBaron was stopped on the left shoulder of I-275 when it was struck from behind by a silver 2014 Ford Fusion being driven by a 27-year-old man from Trenton,” said Lt. Det. Tom Goralski.

“The impact caused the LeBaron to catch fire. The driver of the Chrysler was pronounced dead at the scene by the Livonia Fire Department.

“The driver of the Fusion was taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.”

Police are withholding the name of the deceased pending notification of next of kin. Additionally, alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash.

The freeway was reopened to traffic at about 8:20 a.m.

This is the second fatal and fire-related traffic crash in the metro area over the past 24 hours.

Early Wednesday morning, four people were killed in a single-vehicle crash on I-96 at Wyoming, when a car smashed into a median barrier wall.

The crash set the vehicle on fire, burning the three men and one woman, beyond recognition. According to the Wayne County Medical Department, final identification of the victims will depend on the findings of a dental pathologist.


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