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A 35-year-old Ohio woman died early Thursday after her disabled vehicle was rear-ended along the side of Interstate 75 in Woodhaven.

The crash occurred around 1 a.m. just north of the Van Horn overpass, said Sgt. Francis Zdankiewicz of the Woodhaven Police Department. The woman in the disabled vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene.

“While she was waiting for a tow truck to come give her some help, she was rear ended by another vehicle,” Zdankiewicz said. “The striking vehicle had two occupants. The (male) passenger is in critical condition.”

The driver, a man in his early 20s, suffered minor injuries, Zdankiewicz said.

It remained unclear Thursday if alcohol played a role in the crash. The roadway also was rainy and wet at the time, Zdankiewicz said.

“The investigation is ongoing,” he said. “At this point they are doing search warrants for toxicity.”

Southbound I-75 was closed until around 7 a.m. Thursday, Zdankiewicz said.

“The reason for that is they take a lot of measurements and pictures,” he said. “And the roadway needs to be cleaned up as well.”

HFournier@detroitnews.com

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