Speed, rain contribute to four-car crash on I-96 that sent one to hospital

At approximately 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, deputies with the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a four-vehicle injury crash on westbound I-96 at Pinckney Road in Marion Township.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a Ford Escape being operated by a 49-year-old Brighton resident failed to slow for traffic exiting at Pinckney Road and struck a Ford Taurus driven by a 21-year-old Brighton resident. After the first impact, two other vehicles were also struck near the exit ramp. The drivers of the other vehicles were a 28-year-old Canton resident and a 52-year-old Ferndale resident. The 52-year-old Ferndale resident was removed from the vehicle by Howell Area Fire personnel before being transported to Sparrow Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Speed, along with rain and wet road conditions, contributed to the crash. The at-fault driver was cited for traveling too fast for conditions.

Deputies were assisted at the scene by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Livingston County EMS and Howell Area Fire which caused a significant traffic backup during the evening commute for approximately 1 hour.

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