Semi-Truck Roll-Over Crash on I-96 Was Fatal, MDOT Crews Inspecting Bridge Pillars in Williamston
Traffic reporters were keeping an eye on our highways most of the day yesterday, as we had a major traffic incident east of Lansing. Westbound I-96 after M-52 was closed at 10:53am yesterday morning after a semi, which was hauling wood pallets rolled over on eastbound I-96 catching fire. State police reported the accident occurred at the Williamston overpass and it was unfortunately a fatal accident. Along with MSP, firefighters responded to the crash site and were working to put out flames.
The Pier of the bridge, which is what holds the bridge up, was where the semi hit, causing damage to the beams and substructure located below the bridge. Eastbound and Westbound lanes on I-96 between M-52 and Okemos road were closed until late into the evening yesterday, forcing travelers and locals to find an alternative route.
WILX reports State records show that the truck involved in the crash was a 2006 Volvo Truck Tractor. State records also indicate this truck is owned by Romspeed Trucking, Inc. out of Detroit, MI. State records say the company is owned by Aurel Roman of Howell. LARA records show it has been in business since at least 2008.
The Michigan State Police have indicated MDOT crews were still inspecting the bridge pillars well into the evening, to determine if it was safe to open the highway. At this point in the investigation the driver of the semi has not been identified, and this crash still remains under investigation. I-96 was reopened at 7:50pm last night.
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