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Fatal Crash Has Authorities Asking Drivers To Slow Down

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One man is dead after the car he was driving crashed into a flatbed truck on the side of the road.

Jackson County Deputies and Michigan State Police responded to the scene shortly after 5 Monday afternoon.

Deputies say a red car slammed into a flatbed truck while heading
eastbound on I-94 just past the Mount Hope exit in Jackson County.

And as our Nick Perreault explains the crash has some calling for change. 

Allen Coppernoll used to drive a truck for a living, so it's not the first time he's seen a crash this bad.

"There's crashes here all the time," Coppernoll said.

Coppernoll travels this same stretch of I-94 near Mt. Hope everyday and for nine years, whether it's broken down vehicles, fender bender's or t-bones, he says it's always something.

"By the time semi's get up to speed, other vehicles won't let them merge into traffic, so naturally you have an accident," said Jackson resident Allen Coppernoll.

It's unclear if that was the case here, but Jackson County Sheriff deputies
don't believe speed or alcohol played a role in this crash.

"There was a vehicle, a flat bed straight truck broken down on the left shoulder," said Jackson County Deputy Cullen Knoblauch.

Deputy Knoblauch said the flatbed had it's hazard lights working and warning triangles out.

"The traffic was mainly driving in the right hand lane and the red vehicle ran off the road and struck the back end of that flatbed truck," Deputy Knoblauch said.

The crash killed the 72 year old driver of the red Ford Focus, his wife was rushed to Allegiance hospital.
Luckily, the driver of the flatbed truck escaped unharmed.

"There have been a lot of accidents along 94. All I can say is slow down, if you see brake lights and try not to pass," Deputy Knoblauch said.

Advice that after this, leaves a lasting impression.

The wife is listed in serious condition, but is expected to survive.
The Jackson County Major Crash team is investigating and anyone with information is encouraged to contact the sheriff's department.

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