Detroit, I-696, I-275, Michigan State Police

Fatal Crash On I-696 Results In Shutdown Of Eastbound Lanes

CENTER LINE (WWJ) — Michigan State Police are reporting that there has been a fatal crash tonight on eastbound I-696 near Mound Road that has resulted in a complete shutdown of the highway.

The Michigan State Police’s Metro Detroit Twitter handle tweeted about the fatal crash on Monday evening.

Authorities say a person fleeing a hit-and-run crash was struck by another vehicle running across the freeway.  Police believe the man got into a crash on the westbound side of I-696 and crossed over to the eastbound side trying to flee the scene when he was hit by a third-party vehicle. This incident occurred sometime around 7 p.m. on Monday night.

It is still unknown at this time when the eastbound lanes will reopen. The identity of the person killed in the crash has yet to be announced.

There was also another serious crash on Monday night around the same time but on northbound I-275 after Ford Road. The crash resulted in all of the lanes being closed for a short period of time as authorities were on the scene. That crash was a double roll over with one non-life threatening injury reported.

Stay with CBS Detroit and WWJ Newsradio 950 for more updates on both of these incidents.

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