2 hospitalized after 3-car crash on I-96

Ionia County crash
Michigan State Police respond to a crash on westbound I-96 at Nash Highway in Ionia County's Boston Township. (Courtesy: Dave Lundberg/ReportIt)

LOWELL TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Two people were hospitalized Tuesday after a serious crash on I-96 south of Lowell involving a U-haul and two semi-trucks.

It happened around 9:50 a.m. in a construction zone in the westbound lanes at Segwun Road in Lowell Township. Michigan State Police said a semi-truck hit a Ford van and the van then hit a second semi.

The two people in the van — apparently a U-Haul truck — were pinned in and had to be freed by emergency responders.

MSP initially said those two patients were airlifted to the hospital, but later revised that to say that the passenger was airlifted and the driver was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

The cause of the crash is not yet known, but police say drugs and alcohol do not appear to have been factors.

Authorities shut down westbound I-96 for about four hours.  It reopened shortly after 1:30 p.m.