Man dies after crash on I-96 near Saranac

Ionia County

BOSTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A man died after he crashed into a semitruck on I-96 near Saranac Wednesday, authorities say.

It happened around 1:50 p.m. at I-96 near Nash Highway in Boston Township.

A semitruck was pulled over on the shoulder of I-96, because the driver was checking some load straps, the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office said in a release. It said a man driving a car hit the semitruck.

The semitruck driver, a 52-year-old man from Lansing, was at the back of the trailer, but was able to dive out of the way and was not hit by the car, the sheriff’s office says.

The man died on scene. Authorities have identified him as Michael Dean Sprague, 35, from Kalamazoo.

Authorities on scene after the crash. (courtesy Ionia County Sherriff’s Office)

Part of I-96 was shut down due to the crash but it has since reopened, the Michigan Department of Transportation said in a tweet.

The sheriff’s office said the semitruck driver has been cooperating with investigators, and is not currently being charged with anything.

Anyone with information about the crash should call the sheriff’s office at 616.527.5737 and ask for the detective bureau.

—Correction: A previous version of this article included an incorrect gender for the person killed. We regret the error, which has been fixed.

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