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Posted on Mon, Jan 23, 2012 : 4:01 p.m.

Four drivers sent to hospital following two crashes that closed Interstate 94 early Sunday

By Kyle Feldscher

Four people were sent to the hospital early Sunday after a two-car crash caused by a wrong-way driver on Interstate 94 near Jackson Avenue in Ann Arbor Township, according to police.

Two people were injured in the initial crash, and two more drivers were sent to the hospital following a three-car crash that occurred because a driver failed to stop following the initial crash.

According to a statement released by the Michigan State Police, troopers were sent at about 3:50 a.m. Sunday to I-94 near Jackson Avenue for a report of an injury crash.

According to police, a 30-year-old Ann Arbor woman was driving her 2010 Lexus IS250 east in the left, westbound lane of I-94, striking a 2005 Mazda four-door sedan traveling west in the right lane. The head-on collision sent both the driver of the Lexus and the 23-year-old man driving the Mazda to the University of Michigan Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.

Alcohol is believed to a contributing factor to the crash, according to police.

In the second crash, a 20-year-old Pinckney man driving a 2008 Chevrolet Aveo failed to stop for slowed traffic in the right lane of I-94 caused by the initial crash and hit a 2007 Saturn Ion, driven by a 60-year-old Gregory woman.

The Gregory woman’s car was pushed forward and hit a black 2006 Jeep driven by an 18-year-old woman.

Huron Valley Ambulance took both the Pinckney man and the Gregory woman to the University of Michigan Hospital, police said. The 18-year-old woman was not injured, according to police.

Alcohol also appears to a factor in the crash caused by the Pinckney man, police said.

The investigation into both of the crashes is ongoing, and police expect to submit the cases to the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office for criminal charges.

Police had no update Monday afternoon on the condition of the drivers sent to the hospital following the crashes.

Kyle Feldscher covers cops and courts for He can be reached at or you can follow him on Twitter.


Fat Bill

Wed, Jan 25, 2012 : 12:18 a.m.

This crash occurred east of the Jackson Road overpass. Remember that the actual Eastbound ramp is well west of the overpass, almost to Weber's. If you add an (alledged) alcoholic haze to the equation, it is easier to see how this could happen at this somewhat unusual interchange...

Spencer Thomas

Tue, Jan 24, 2012 : 3:08 p.m.

3 cars and 4 drivers? Fact checking, please.

Spencer Thomas

Tue, Jan 24, 2012 : 3:09 p.m.

Never mind. I see now that there were two crashes. That's not obvious from first reading.


Tue, Jan 24, 2012 : 2:26 p.m.

If it wasn't a "Bad" accident AA2 would have run the story ealier or later? The one comment confuses me or is it un-necessary It is hard to follow the chain of events starting from the beginning. It also highlights the care required when driving at night because others maybe impaired. Tail lights are difficult to properly judge distance especially at 70+ mph.


Mon, Jan 23, 2012 : 11:37 p.m.

From what I heard this was a pretty bad accident and finally post a story 36 hours later?


Mon, Jan 23, 2012 : 10:45 p.m.

I drive EB 94 every day and I'm puzzled how the Lexus driver could get a vehicle on that side of the highway. It's separated by concrete barriers all the way from (I think) the Parker Rd bridge to points east past DTW. I know there is one area just past the 14 "split" where authorized vehicles have been parked before, but other than that I don't know how you could get onto that side. I suppose the Lexus driver could have gone the wrong way down any of the off-ramps. I am puzzled though.


Tue, Jan 24, 2012 : 3:43 p.m.

The on off lanes can get pretty confusing especially in the dark and that Zeeb road exit. But freak accidents happen glad to hear all walked away. Sorry to hear alcohol was a factor.

Ann English

Mon, Jan 23, 2012 : 11:39 p.m.

Someone I once was acquainted with decades ago was hit head on by a drunk driver going north in the southbound lanes of US-23 at night, with his headlights OFF. The drunk driver died, the acquaintance got a broken leg. At least this Lexus driver wasn't driving the wrong way with her headlights off; resulting injuries could have been worse if she had.

N. Todd

Mon, Jan 23, 2012 : 11:15 p.m.

I have seen, on two occasions, vehicles entering the highway via off-ramps and continuing in the wrong direction. Both occasions occurred 'late-night' and I could only imagine that alcohol played a role in those cases as well.