DETROIT (WWJ) – Police say a wrong-way driver is responsible for causing a fiery crash on I-75 heading into downtown Detroit that killed three people and left two others hospitalized.

The two-vehicle crash happened around 4 a.m. on southbound I-75 just south of the I-94 interchange. Michigan State Police say crash investigators determined that the incident was caused by a wrong way driver. Other circumstances surrounding the crash weren’t immediately clear.

Police say three people were killed in the crash, one of whom was thrown from a vehicle. Two other people were taken to the hospital with injuries; one was last reported in critical condition, the other’s condition is unknown.

Authorities identified the three people killed:

Driving a 2013 Chevy Malibu the wrong way on I-75, Leeanna Custard, 34, of New Baltimore. Two passengers in a 2000 Oldsmobile Silhouette pronounced dead at the scene; Karl Hawkins, 23, of Pontiac and Elijah Holden, 21, of Auburn Hills.

The freeway was closed for several hours as police investigate the crash scene, but has since reopened to traffic.

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.


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