IONIA, MI – Three people are lucky to be alive after a wrong-way, 16-year-old, driver, who is believed to have been under the influence of alcohol and drugs, caused a head-on crash on I-96 early this morning.
The accident closed eastbound I-96 for approximately two hours.
The crash occurred when a 2000 Chrysler convertible was being driven westbound in the eastbound lanes of I-96, near Jordan Lake Road, by a 16-year-old male driver from Hastings. The Chrysler crashed head on into a 2008 Pontiac being driven by a 24-year-old female from Monroe.
Both vehicles received major damage from the crash, however both drivers and a 27-year-old passenger from the Pontiac, were all transported from the scene by LIFE EMS with non-life threating injuries.
Alcohol and drug use are believed to be a contributing factor to the traffic crash. Deputies are awaiting toxicology results before sending the case to the Ionia County Prosecutors office for review.
Also assisting at the scene was the Michigan State Police, Berlin/Orange Fire Department and Saranac Fire Department. The Vehicles were removed from the Scene by Reed & Hoppes Towing.