Wrong-way driver killed in fiery I-696 crash after hitting semi head-on

A woman is dead after police say she hit a semi-truck while going the wrong way on I-696 early Monday.

Around 2 a.m., the woman was driving a BMW SUV east in the westbound lanes of the freeway when she hit a truck head-on near Orchard Lake. Both vehicles caught fire, and the woman died.


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The addition of new technology aims to stop drivers from going the wrong way on a Grand Rapids freeway. This effort comes as wrong-way crashes, which are often deadly, are increasing.

It is unclear if alcohol was a factor in the crash, and an autopsy will be performed to determine if it was. 

The freeway was closed for nearly 12 hours. It reopened around 1 p.m.

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