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A woman died early Tuesday morning, Michigan State Police said, after stepping into the roadway after a crash on Interstate 275.

The fatal crash happened about 1:30 a.m. on southbound I-275 at Ecorse. The freeway was closed for about five hours as police investigated the scene. 

Police were originally dispatched to a two-car crash with no injuries. But between the dispatches and when they arrived, the driver of the at-fault vehicle, a woman whose age has not been given, attempted to cross the roadway on foot and was hit by oncoming traffic, police said. 

The driver of the not-at-fault vehicle pulled off the shoulder, into the roadway, to protect the woman. But that vehicle was hit, too. 

Crash reconstruction experts with the Michigan State Police will continue their investigation. Drugs or alcohol may have played a role in the initial crash, police say.

The victim's next-of-kin have not yet been notified.

Michigan State Police recommend that victims remain in their vehicles after a crash, if it is safe to do so. 

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