Three dead in accident that shut down the Lodge freeway for five hours

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Three people were killed early Sunday morning in an accident that shut down the northbound Lodge freeway for more than 5 hours.

The crash happened near Rosa Parks Blvd. at around 12:30 am.

Police say a 2003 Chevy Monte Carlo was traveling northbound at a high rate of speed when it hit a northbound 2006 Toyota Corolla with four people inside.

The force of the impact flipped the Corolla, killing three of the people inside. The fourth was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The victims are only being identified as a 67-year-old and a 31-year-old from Kentwood, and an 18-year-old from Grand Rapids.

Two people were inside the Monte Carlo at the time of the accident. The 21-year-old driver wasn't hurt. The unidentified passenger was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The freeway was shut down for more than five hours as Michigan State Police investigated the accident.

Police say alcohol, speed and seatbelt use appear to be possible factors in the accident.

The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Michigan State Police at (248) 584-5740.

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