State police said a preliminary crash investigation has revealed that a semi truck started to have engine problems on westbound I-96 near Kent Lake Road.
The driver pulled the truck over mostly onto the shoulder, but not all the way.
Detroit Incident Update: All marked MSP units, K9 and ES team units have cleared the scene. Members of Homicide Task Force are still on scene.
I 96 Crash Scene: All units are clear and the freeway is reopened pic.twitter.com/MlBxNxRGBN
— MSP Metro Detroit (@mspmetrodet) November 8, 2018
A box truck struck the rear of the semi truck, killing the driver of the box truck.
Police said he was a 35-year-old man from St. Clair. The semi truck driver did not report being injured.
State police said firefighters and troopers were working to cut the driver out of the box truck.
HEADS UP-WB 96 CLOSED at Kent Lake for serious crash & investigation. Use WB 96/M14 to NB US23 to 96. Also, expect EB delays.
— MDOT – Metro Detroit (@MDOT_MetroDet) November 8, 2018
The driver was eventually removed.
The westbound lanes of the interstate reopened after 4 p.m. when fuel was cleared off the highway. “We are hoping to have the freeway reopened before the rush hour starts,” reads a statement from state police.
This video shows the aftermath of the crash: