Multi-car crash on U.S. 23 kills two people

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Multi-car crash on U.S. 23 kills two people. Photo credit: Frank Boyd

A multi vehicle crash is under investigation after two people were killed on southbound US-23 near 6 Mile Sunday afternoon. Michigan State Police are investigating after they say a wrong-way driver is believed to have caused the crash. 

"This is the first accident I’ve seen in a while that’s been that bad. Stuff scattered everywhere, cars crashed up," said Ryan, who witnessed the accident. 

At least four cars were involved, and two people were killed. Several more were injured and are in the hospital. 

"They're not critical but they needed immediate transport to hospital," Chief William Wagner said.

Michigan State Police say they got calls just before 3 p.m. Sunday about a person driving the wrong way on southbound US-23. A few minutes later, they got calls about a head-on collision. 

Police say a 74-year-old man driving a Chevy Bolt was going the wrong way, and hit a Ford Fusion with three people inside. A Chevy Silverado that had two people inside was then somehow also hit, and a fourth vehicle, a Chevy Equinox, became involved with the crash.

Police say the driver of the Chevy Bolt and driver of the Ford Fusion are in serious condition. The two passengers of the Fusion were pronounced dead at the scene. The two people in the Chevy Silverado suffered minor injuries. The driver of the Chevy Equinox received minor injuries and refused treatment at the scene.

The rest are being treated at U of M Hospital. 

The freeway was shut down for hours in that area on Sunday. Michigan State Police is continuing to investigate the crash. 

Names of the victims have not yet been released. It's also not known yet why the driver was going the wrong way.