1 dead after speed leads to 2 crashes on I-75 near 8 Mile

One person was killed after speed led to two crashes that happened at nearly the same time on I-75 at Eight Mile on Thursday morning, Michigan State Police said.

Both crashes happened when it was dark and rainy around 5:45 a.m.

According to MSP, a 37-year-old Oak Park man in a Chevrolet SUV lost control while speeding. His vehicle slid across all lanes and hit the bridge support on the right side of the road.

(Photo: MDOT)

Right after that crash, a 26-year-old Chesterfield man in a Chevrolet Cruze lost control due to speed as well and hit the bridge support on the left side. Another driver in a Dodge Avenger then hit the Cruze, which was stopped in the left lane.

The driver of the Cruze was killed, while the other two drivers involved suffered minor injuries. 

The crash closed the freeway for hours. It is expected to reopen around 10 a.m.