Wrong-way driver on I-96 hits car head-on

3 hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries

Ionia County, I-96, crash
The scene after a head-on crash on I-96 southwest of Ionia. (June 5, 2016)

BERLIN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A head-on crash caused by a wrong-way driver shut down a stretch of I-96 in Ionia County for about two hours Sunday morning.

The wreck happened around 8:45 a.m. in the eastbound lanes near Jordan Lake Road in Berlin Township, southwest of Ionia.

The Ionia County Sheriff’s Office says a Chrysler convertible driven was going west in the eastbound lanes and struck a Pontiac that was driving in the correct direction head-on.

The driver of the Chrysler, a 16-year-old from Hastings, the driver of the Pontiac, a 24-year-old from Monroe, and a 27-year-old passenger in the Pontiac were all hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. Both vehicles sustained major damage.

The sheriff’s office said drug and alcohol use are believed to have been factors in the crash. It is awaiting toxicology results before passing the case on to the prosecutor’s office, which will decide what charges are appropriate.

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