CANTON (WWJ) – Michigan State Police suspect alcohol was a factor in a wrong-way driver crash that killed two people along I-275 in Canton Township.

MSP got a call, late Tuesday morning, about a driver in a silver SUV going southbound in the northbound lanes of the freeway at Ford Road. At around 10:45 a.m., police say that driver hit a car at South Palmer Road, near Michigan Avenue.

Two people, a man driver and his female passenger, were killed, police said. Their names have not been released.

The wrong-way driver — a 59-year-old man from Wolverine Lake, in northern Oakland County — was taken by EMS to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

According to police, open alcohol was found in the wrong-way driver’s vehicle; and, although an investigation continues, they do believe he was drunk.

Northbound I-275 at Michigan Avenue had only the right lane open for several hours following the crash, but the freeway has since reopened to traffic.

State Police, in a tweet, said this should serve as a reminder “to keep both eyes on the road because you never know.”

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  1. Bob Beattie says:

    Pretty classy CBS Detroit, running a beer advertisement in the middle of this article. Nothing above the mighty dollar.

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