State police investigate serious traffic crash on I-94

By: Kevin Bunch | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published January 29, 2014

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ROSEVILLE — The Michigan State Police is investigating a serious-injury crash Jan. 20 on eastbound Interstate 94, at Masonic Boulevard, that left a 19-year-old Eastpointe man in critical condition. According to an MSP press release, the state police were dispatched to assist Roseville police officers with a potentially fatal crash at approximately 7 a.m. Prior to the serious-injury crash, a pickup truck going eastbound on I-94 had struck the right median wall. The driver, a 19-year-old from Eastpointe, had exited the vehicle and was standing next to it, and Roseville police were blocking traffic to warn drivers while writing the accident report. While that was happening, a second two-vehicle crash occurred behind the patrol car, a third vehicle swerved to avoid the second crash, and that vehicle drove around the patrol car and hit the pickup truck, crushing the driver between the truck and the wall, the MSP report said. The pickup truck driver was taken to the hospital and remained in critical condition Jan. 21, but he was expected to survive, according to state police. As of press time, the state police are investigating the third crash and do not believe alcohol is a factor. The Roseville Police Department directed questions to the MSP regarding the investigation. Roseville Police Chief James Berlin said people should use extreme care if they get into an accident on the interstate, and they should only exit the vehicle with caution. “You should make sure to exit out of the passenger side if you're on the right shoulder,” Berlin said. “On a day like that, when it’s so slippery, it’s probably better to stay in the vehicle until help arrives, rather than risk being struck by a car.”
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