Crash kills road worker, closes NB I-75

James David Dickson
Published 6:17 a.m. ET June 14, 2018 | Updated 6:48 a.m. ET June 14, 2018

A crash early Thursday on northbound Interstate 75 has killed a road worker, hurt another, and required closure for a portion of the freeway as police investigate.

The fatal crash took place about 12:50 a.m. on northbound I-75 at Warren, Michigan State Police wrote in a statement published on Twitter. 

A woman was driving a GMC Terrain and went off the roadway, toward the right shoulder.

But a truck was blocking the closed-off right lane. The SUV hit the front of the truck and continued veering right, hitting two road workers and a Ford pickup they were connecting to a utility trailer. 

This flipped the GMC on its back and killed one of the two workers who were hit. 

A second worker suffered only minor injuries. 

Police arrested the driver of the Terrain, and early into the investigation police believe alcohol was a factor in the fatal crash. 

Lt. Mike Shaw, who runs the Michigan State Police’s Detroit-area Twitter feed, wrote of the fatal crash: “This crash would not have happened if you take the drunk from behind the wheel and she took a taxi, Uber or had a designated driver. One family loses a loved one to a drunk driver and another family may lose the driver to a long prison sentence. Please, do not drink and drive.”

The freeway was expected to be reopened by 6 a.m., but at that hour the stretch of I-75 remained closed as investigators continued to work the scene.  Drivers are being detoured to the I-75 Service Drive until they come to an exit north of the crash site.

Crews at the site are installing additional barriers, State Police said, to protect against such a crash happening again, and the plan is to have the freeway open again by the end of rush hour.

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