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A motorist was killed and a Livonia police officer will need surgery after a traffic crash Sunday on Interstate 96.

The crash took place just before noon on westbound I-96 near Middlebelt.

The incident started with a traffic stop, according to a statement issued by Livonia Police Chief Curtis Caid via Facebook. As the officer who made the stop was walking back to his patrol car, “a vehicle crossed all lanes of traffic and struck the rear” of the patrol car. The car “was catapulted” into the officer, who “was thrown backwards onto the pavement.”

The officer is hospitalized and is expected to undergo surgery Monday.

After impact, the vehicle that hit the police car rolled over. The driver was trapped, and “sustained significant trauma.” Medics pronounced the man dead at the scene. His age was not immediately available.

Per statistics released by the Michigan Department of Transportation, some 540 people have died in car crashes in Michigan this year, including 28 in the week that ended Tuesday. That's 44 more than that point in 2016, a year in which fatal car crashes jumped by 10 percent from the previous year.

jdickson@detroitnews.com

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