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2 hurt in chain-reaction accidents that shut down I-496 for hours

Posted at 8:10 AM, Apr 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-02 11:13:49-04

Police are investigating three separate accidents on I-496 in Lansing that sent two people to the hospital Monday morning.

The original call went out to police just before 1 a.m. on westbound I-496 near Walnut Street for an accident that had just occurred.

A 28-year-old Lansing man was traveling I-496 eastbound when police say he lost control, crashed into a guardrail and rolled over into the westbound lane. The man was also ejected from the vehicle, police said.

Police say a car traveling on I-496 westbound stopped to help the victim. A third car that was traveling on I-496 westbound then rear-ended the parked car who had stopped to help the victim, police said.

The impact of the rear-end collision sent the car that was stopped flying into the victim and he ended up being pinned underneath the car. A person who had stopped to help the victim was almost hit by the car as well, police said.

The Lansing Fire Department was called to the scene to help get the car off the victim and transport him to a local hospital. Police tell FOX 47 that he is in critical condition at this time.

A 19-year-old woman who was a passenger in the car that rear-ended the other car was also hurt in the accident. Police say she was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Crews had both lanes of I-496 closed for hours Monday morning but the interstate is now back open at this time.

Police say an investigation is underway at this time and that it's too early to tell at this time if alcohol or drugs played any role in the accident.

This is a breaking news story. FOX 47 is working to get more details and will update the story as more information becomes available.
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