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2 dead after getting hit by oncoming traffic on I-696 while exchanging information following crash

Posted: 5:56 AM, Feb 11, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-11 17:18:34-05
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(WXYZ) — Eastbound I-696 is now open at Woodward after a fatal crash Tuesday morning.

Around 5:30 a.m., troopers from Metro North responded to the deadly crash, according to MSP. 696 is expected to remain closed through the morning rush hour.

According to MSP, two vehicles were involved in the initial crash. Both male drivers got out of their vehicles and were hit by oncoming traffic.

It appears their vehicles may have been hit as well, police say. Both men were pronounced dead. The highway was closed for several hours but opened back up around 11 a.m.

MSP says instead of leaving the freeway, the drivers stayed and the secondary crashes occurred. Lt. Shaw told 7 Action News drivers will not get in trouble for leaving the scene of an accident if they exit the freeway and stop somewhere safer.

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Watch Michigan State Police Public Information Officer Lt. Michael Shaw full interview below:

Drivers are urged to avoid the area, "as back ups will be quite long on the freeway and service drives."