ERIE TOWNSHIP (WWJ) – A stretch of I-75 in Monroe County was shut down for more than eight hours overnight following a deadly chain reaction crash that caused a semi-truck to burst into flames.
The crash happened around 11:30 p.m Friday on northbound I-75 just south of Sterns Road in Erie Township, not far from the Michigan-Ohio border.
Police say 38-year-old Amarveer Singh Dhugga, from Ontario, was driving a semi-truck when he encountered slow moving traffic and slammed into another semi-truck, which was stopped due to the congested traffic.
A chain of collisions occurred, involving two passenger vehicles and a third semi-truck. Dhugga’s semi-truck also ran off the road, as a result of the initial collision, and caught fire.
Dhugga was pronounced deceased at the scene. No other injuries were reported.
Police say alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation.
Detectives are looking to speak with anyone who might have witnessed the crash. If you have any information, contact the the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office at 734-240-7715.
Northbound I-75 was closed for approximately 8.5 hours, but was reopened to traffic at 7 a.m. Saturday.