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All lanes reopened after deadly semi crash on I-75

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Michigan State Police say at one person is dead after a semi crash on I-75 in Monroe County. It happened around 10 a.m. Wednesday morning in the northbound lanes near Laplaisance Road.

Police say two semi trucks were involved in the crash.

Kevin Dake, 43, of Bloomington, Illinois was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the other semi was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

All lanes of I-75 have since reopened.


MEDIA RELEASE:
Monroe Township, Monroe County- On April 30, 2014 at approximately 9:45am, Troopers from the
Monroe Post were dispatched to a multi-vehicle crash on northbound I-75 near Dunbar Road.

From information gathered at the scene and witness statements, Troopers determined the following events. A
semi-tractor trailer traveling north on I-75 lost control, running off the roadway to the left and struck the
cement support pillars for the Dunbar Road overpass. A second semi-tractor trailer, unable to avoid a
collision, struck the damaged semi-tractor trailer, causing the first truck’s trailer to overturn and spill its
cargo. Both semi-tractors caught fire and were immediately engulfed in flames. A passenger vehicle,
unable to avoid the second semi-tractor, struck the rear end of the truck’s trailer.

The driver of the semi-tractor that struck the Dunbar Road overpass was identified as Mr. Kevin Dake, 43
years of age from Bloomington, Illinois. Mr. Dake was pronounced dead at the scene from severe injuries
suffered. The second semi-tractor driver was able to escape his burning vehicle, and was treated for nonlife-
threatening injuries at Mercy Memorial Hospital in Monroe. The driver of the passenger vehicle
suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was also transported by ambulance to Mercy Memorial Hospital
in Monroe for treatment.

I-75 northbound and southbound lanes were closed while Monroe Twp. Fire Department extinguished the
fire on both vehicles. In addition, Bridge Inspectors from the Michigan Dept. of Transportation were called
to the scene to check the structural integrity of the overpass prior to opening all lanes of southbound I-75.
The northbound lanes were completely blocked due to debris and were closed from Laplaisance Road to
Front Street from the time of the crash until 2:30 pm.
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