PORTLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A 20-year-old woman has died after a crash on I-96 Thursday afternoon.
The crash happened around 2:30 p.m. on eastbound I-96, west of Portland near the E Grand River Avenue exit. Two cars crashed, a spokesperson for the Ionia County Sheriff’s Department told News 8.
The sheriff’s office said a woman rear-ended a box truck as traffic backed up for a crash in Clinton County.
She was taken to the hospital, where she was initially listed in critical condition. Deputies said Friday they were informed she had died.
She was identified as Olivia West Long, 20, a junior at Michigan State University. While authorities initially said she was Holland, they later clarified she was from Auburn Hills. They said she had gone to Holland to visit friends and was headed back to East Lansing when the crash happened.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends and fellow students during this difficult time,” the sheriff’s office said in a Monday statement.
Eastbound I-96 was closed for two hours because of the crash, authorities say.