Second deadly accident on I-96 in weeks: is stretch of highway dangerous?


LEROY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLNS) – First responders witness their share of unimaginable car crashes every day, especially when winter strikes.

Just over a week ago, officials responded to a 53-vehicle pile-up near Fowlerville resulting in the death of three people.

“The Fowlerville one was due to a lot of snow…I mean that was conditions of white out conditions going on, people couldn’t see and that caused a chain reaction of accidents here,” said Ingham County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Daniel Sump.

And today on I-96 near Webberville, a collision between a semi-truck and a van left one man dead.

“There was no white out conditions or snow…so speed more than likely played a factor in this event here,” Sergeant Sump stated.

Both fatal accidents happened near the same area which prompts the question…what is it about this particular stretch on the highway that causes collisions?

“We see a lot of accidents because of people driving way too fast…they’re either on their cell phones, they’re eating, they’re putting on makeup, hair, doing things of that nature that is not intended for vehicles that can drive in enormous speeds on the highway,” said Sergeant Sump.

Sump says police officers take the oath in proudly serving people in the community every day and each time he arrives to a deadly scene, it serves as a reminder to pay attention when behind the wheel.

“People need to slow down, use caution…whether it’s snowing or its sunny and that the roads are extremely hard and a little bit of water can freeze up quick and cause black ice and really mess with your driving conditions so really obey those traffic laws and don’t text and drive,” Sergeant Sump added.

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