On Thursday, May 6, 2021, at approximately 2:35 a.m., deputies with the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a single vehicle injury crash on west I-96 at Highland Road (M-59) in Howell Township.
The preliminary investigation has revealed that a 42-year-old Howell man was driving west on I-96 when he left the roadway in his Dodge Ram pickup truck. After leaving the roadway, the Dodge pickup truck struck the guard rail and overturned. As the vehicle overturned it caught fire and came to rest in the west bound lanes of travel. The driver was able to exit the vehicle and a Good Samaritan aided the driver until Fire and EMS personnel arrived on scene. The driver was transported to the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor by Livingston County EMS in critical condition. The driver was the only occupant in the vehicle, and it is unknown whether he was wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash.
The roadway was closed for approximately three-and-a-half hours during the investigation and cleanup.
Alcohol and speed appear to be factors in this crash, which remains under investigation by the Livingston County Major Crash Team.
Deputies were assisted on the scene by Howell Area Fire Department, Michigan State Police, and Livingston County EMS.