DETROIT (WWJ) – Police are investigating an overnight accident in Detroit that left a driver dead at the scene.

The crash occurred just after 3 a.m. Friday on the eastbound I-96 ramp to eastbound I-94.

Michigan State Police say the 64-year-old driver was attempting to take the ramp to I-94 when he “lost control due to excessive speed” and struck the guardrail face.

The Detroit Fire Department had to cut the roof off of the vehicle to reach the man, who was pronounced dead on the scene.

It’s unknown at this time whether or not alcohol or drugs were factors in the crash.

“The suggested speed for this ramp is 30 mph,” Lt. Mike Shaw said in a statement. “Evidence on the scene points to speeds much higher than that. This crash could have been avoided if the suggested speed limit would have been followed.”

The crash remains under investigation.

The ramp was closed for just over two hours, but has 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.


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