UPDATE Tuesday 12:50 p.m. – The Ingham County Sheriff’s Office has identified the driver who died in a three-vehicle crash on I-96 in Leroy Township Monday morning. The victim is 18-year-old Mitchel Kiefer of Northville. According to his Facebook page he was a freshman at Michigan State University. The crash remains under investigation.
UPDATE: 1:00 p.m. – All eastbound and westbound lanes of traffic have reopened at the Williamston crash site. Traffic had been rerouted for four hours after a fatal three-vehicle crash. One other person was taken to a local hospital for treatment and a third person was treated at the scene of the crash for minor injuries.
Investigators have not released details on what caused the crash.
UPDATE: 11:28 a.m. – The westbound lanes on I-96 have re-opened at the Williamston crash site. The eastbound lanes are closed until further notice.
Original story 9:04 a.m. – One person is dead and traffic is backed-up for miles on I-96 near Williamston due to a 3-vehicle accident.
The crash happened just after 7:30 a.m. near mile marker 120 east of Williamston in the eastbound lanes.
6 News has learned that the crash began when a westbound vehicle was rear-ended and traveled across the median into the eastbound lanes.
Investigators tell 6 News that a horse trailer was involved but have not confirmed if the trailer was empty.
MDOT is closing the westbound lanes of I-96 at M-52 until the clean-up is complete.
According to the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office the investigation could keep I-96 in both directions closed for hours and drivers should seek an alternate route.
This is a developing story and we will update online and on 6 News.