13-year-old boy killed, 8 others injured in I-96 crash

Emergency crews respond to fatal crash on I-96 near Grand Ledge. (July 2, 2015)
Emergency crews respond to fatal crash on I-96 near Grand Ledge. (July 2, 2015)


EAGLE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A 13-year-old Grand Rapids boy was killed in a crash on I-96 near Grand Ledge Thursday.

Witnesses told police a SUV lost control and collided with another SUV on eastbound I-96 near the exit to Wright Road (86 mile marker) around 4:40 p.m.

The impact of the crash caused the first SUV to roll over and several of the nine occupants, ranging in age from infant to grandmother, were thrown from the vehicle, according to a release from Michigan State Police.

Qumele Marshall, 13, of Grand Rapids died from injuries sustained in the crash.

The other eight occupants were taken to the hospital with injuries varying from life threatening to minor. One of the victims was taken by AeroMed to the hospital.

The people in the other vehicle were not hurt.

Police said alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash. WILX-TV in Lansing reports that police said some of the occupants were not wearing seat belts, although the release from MSP said seat belt use is unknown.

Authorities are still looking into what caused the crash.

The highway was shut down for more than three hours while police were investigating, but it has since reopened.

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