DETROIT (WWJ) – Four vehicles were involved in a deadly accident on a busy section of I-96 in Detroit, forcing the freeway to close for hours during the early morning commute.

The accident happened just after 4 a.m. Wednesday on westbound I-96 and Grand River Avenue, on the city’s west side.

According to Michigan State Police, 21-year-old Felicia Smith of Detroit lost control of her car, wasn’t wearing a seatbelt, and was thrown out of her SUV when it rolled over.

Two subsequent crashes occurred as other drivers tried to avoid the SUV flipped in the first wreck; one involving a semi truck. Reporting live from the scene, WWJ’s Mike Campbell said two vehicles had front-end damage while a third vehicle was so mangled, it was unidentifiable.

Smith was declared dead at the scene. It’s unknown how badly anyone else was injured.

All lanes of westbound I-96 were closed at Livernois Avenue for about four hours while police investigated, but have since reopened.

For the latest from the roads, stay with WWJ Newsradio 950 during Traffic and Weather on the 8s, 24-hours a day. Check for recent incidents now on the CBS Detroit Traffic Page.

Police investigate a fatal accident on I-96 in Detroit. (Credit: Mike Campbell/WWJ Newsradio 950)

Police investigate a fatal accident on I-96 in Detroit. (Credit: Mike Campbell/WWJ Newsradio 950)





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