I-96 Closed By Multiple Crashes

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PORTLAND, Mich — The eastbound lanes of I-96 were closed early Monday in Portland by several crashes.

Calls went out from Ionia Central Dispatch around 5:45 a.m. of maybe six vehicles involved in crashes near Exit 77/Grand River Avenue.

When officers arrived on the scene, they described to dispatchers an accident scene that was 150-200 yards long. The expressway was closed just before 6 a.m., with eastbound traffic routed onto Grand River Drive to reenter I-96 at mile marker 84 at the Eagle exit.

No cause was immediately known for the crashes.

The highway was reopened around 7:15 a.m.

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  • John

    Any updates on this story? I know the cause of the crash, it happened literally, right behind me as I was getting on I-96 E on my way to work. I was almost to the top of the onramp when a truck came right up on me. I looked in the mirror, as the lights came out of nowhere. He lost traction, started sliding to the right, then shot left, crossing both lanes, hit the wall almost head on, and his truck spun around a couple times, ending sideways blocking the lanes. I was going to pull over but didnt want to get hit if someone swerved, so I continued driving and tried to call 911.

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