FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM)-Fruitport Township Police say the accidents that backed up traffic on I-96 Friday morning all started with a car fire.
The fire was reported just before 6 a.m. on eastbound I-96 near the Sternberg Road overpass. The driver safely escaped.
As eastbound traffic slowed because of the fire, a second vehicle lost control on the wet roadway and flipped. The driver was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Police shut down the highway temporarily to investigate and clear both incidents. During the traffic slowdown, a third driver rear-ended a vehicle. One of the drivers reportedly went to the hospital on their own after leaving the crash.