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Fatal crash closes I-96 for hours in Ionia Co.

Updated: Saturday, February 16 2013, 11:18 AM EST
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IONIA COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A Portland man is dead after an early morning crash on I-96 near Kent Street.

According to Ionia County Deputies, a Ford F-150 pickup truck, driven by a 57-year-old Portland man was eastbound, and left the roadway.

The truck struck a guardrail and wound up on its roof, still in the eastbound lanes.

At that point, a Ford Escape, driven by a 55-year-old Grand Rapids man, with a 56-year-old female passenger, struck the truck.

The driver of the Escape was transported to Sparrow Hospital in stable condition. The passenger, also transported to Sparrow, is listed in critical condition.

The driver of the F-150 was declared dead at the scene.

Deputies reported that everyone involved was wearing seat belts. At this time, there is no determination as to whether or not alcohol or any other factors were involved.

No names are being released until notifications have been made.

The crash closed eastbound I-96 at Kent Street for several hours.

An investigation is ongoing.
Fatal crash closes I-96 for hours in Ionia Co.
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