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2 killed in wrong-way driver crash in Troy

Posted: 7:50 AM, Jan 26, 2020
Updated: 2020-01-27 04:48:32-05
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TROY, Mich. (WXYZ) — Troy Police are investigating a deadly wrong way driving crash on I-75 early Sunday morning that killed two people

Police say the driver was heading north in the southbound lanes of I-75 for at least 2 1/2 miles.

Madison Heights dispatch received a call that a 2011 Chevy Malibu was spotted on the freeway near 12 mile. Madison Heights called Troy dispatch to let them know the vehicle was headed their way. Minutes later Troy Police came upon a head on collision between Maple and 14 Mile road.

The Malibu collided head on with a 2019 Dodge Challenger which was driving the proper direction.

"The drivers of both vehicles were unconscious and needed to be extricated by the fire department," says Lt. Josh Jones of the Troy Police Department.

The wrong way driver was pronounced dead at the scene according to police, the driver of the Challenger later died at the hospital.

The freeway was closed more than 5 hours for the investigation and cleanup, which Lt. Jones says is much longer than usual for an investigation. A sign of just how serious this crash was.

He says if you encounter a wrong driver on the road, there's really only one thing to do: pull over and get as far off the road as possible. Once you are safe, then call 911.