The accident occurred around 9:30 am on Thursday morning near the Fowlerville exit and Wallace Rd.
Fatalities involved two drivers and one passenger in two separate vehicles that crashed on westbound lanes of I-96, near the beginning of the pileup. However, USA Today reports that the victims’ vehicles did not appear to be the cause of the accident.
The crash closed stretches of eastbound and westbound lanes of I-96 and appears to have been weather related. The sheriff’s office reported that snow had just begun to fall, blanket the area and freeze, causing treacherous driving conditions.
According to the Federal Highway Administration, between 2005 and 2014: