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Published on April 23, 2024
Multiple Crashes Involving Road Trucks Close Southbound I-75 in Detroit, Prompting Safety AdvisorySource: Unsplash/ Sandy Millar

Motorists faced a rough start to their week, as two separate crashes involving Wayne County road trucks led to the closure of southbound I-75 near Schaefer in Detroit. The back-to-back incidents brought early morning traffic to a standstill on Monday, creating extensive delays for miles, as reported by CBS Detroit.

The chaos began when a 2013 Ford Escape collided with a construction vehicle, followed by a second accident where a 48-year-old driver, in a Jeep Compass slammed into another Wayne County arrowboard truck, Michigan State Police confirmed. Remarkably, no injuries were reported in the first crash, however, the driver of the Jeep was not so fortunate, having been transported to a local hospital with critical injuries, according to FOX 2 Detroit.

During the law enforcement response, WXYZ provided aerial footage of the scene that captured the gravity of the situation: one vehicle overturned on its side, and significant damage was observed to an MDOT vehicle. As a result of the mangled metal and emergency activities, the freeway remained closed for hours into the afternoon for cleanup and investigation of the accidents.

Authorities have pointed to speed as the contributing factor in both incidences. In an advisory capacity, Michigan State Police Lt. Mike Shaw underscored the importance of adhering to safe speed limits, especially in zones of construction, "We want to remind drivers how important it is to drive at a safe speed," he stated to CBS Detroit.