Husband & wife die in crash involving semi, vehicles on I-696 Thursday

Posted at 11:07 AM, Jun 23, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-24 06:28:58-04

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (WXYZ) — Two people are dead and two others are seriously injured following a multi-car crash involving four vehicles and a semi on westbound I-696 Thursday morning.

The crash closed I-696 at Orchard Lake for several hours. Around 6 p.m., the Michigan Department of Transportation said the freeway was cleared and reopened.

2 dead after crash involving a semi and multiple vehicles

According to Michigan State Police, the two people who died were a 72-year-old man and his 69-year-old wife from Hawks, Mich.

MSP said that the 57-year-old driver of the semi-truck could not stop for traffic and rear-ended the Buick LaCrosse, driven by the 72-year-old man.

That crash resulted in a chain reaction, striking three other vehicles.

Police, medical personnel and firefighters were on scene assisting victims and transporting them to hospitals. It's not clear the others who were injured.