1 arrested in wrong-way crash on I-96 in Kentwood

Kent County

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Michigan State Police say drunken driver was to blame for a wrong-way crash on I-96 in Kentwood.

It happened around 1:08 a.m. Monday in the westbound lanes of I-96 near Forest Hills Avenue.

State police say a 2015 Subaru Outback was heading east in the westbound lanes of the highway when he collided with a 2018 Ford Explorer. The impact of the crash caused the Explorer to flip, coming to rest on the shoulder of the highway.

The 39-year-old Kentwood man driving the Explorer and the five people in his vehicle were treated at the scene for minor injuries and released. State police credited the fact that they were all properly restrained during the crash.

The driver of the Outback, identified as a 23-year-old Rockford man, was not injured. He was arrested at the scene for operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

The westbound lanes were blocked for several hours but have since reopened.

Troopers are not releasing the suspect’s name until he’s formally charged in the incident.

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