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I-696 reopens after crash breaks median, scatters debris

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April 11, 2024

OAK PARK, Mich. (FOX 2)A massive crash that broke the median on I-696 in Oakland County closed much of the freeway on Thursday.

UPDATE: Westbound and eastbound I-696 are open again as of 7:00 p.m., according to MDOT.

The impact scattered debris around the roadway, a nearby traffic camera showed. It happened at Coolidge in Oak Park.

The back-up of cars went on for at least two miles.

It was the second of two major highway crashes that happened in metro Detroit Thursday, after a fatal accident happened on I-75 at Eight Mile.

Michigan State Police also pleaded with drivers to be safe on the roads during a rainy stretch of weather in Southeast Michigan. They said on social media they had responded to 37 crashes since midnight.

Wet weather is expected through the week with precipitation expected through Thursday and into Friday. Find more information on the forecast here.

<div>Crash at I-696 near Coolidge heading west. Photo via MDOT camera</div><p>” data-src=”https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/_Zw0vA80SG9if4e5kmFM1Q–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTU0MA–/https://media.zenfs.com/en/wjbk_fox_local_articles_927/6a17eaf1e21d46e3a9f57441c474d9a1″><noscript><img alt=Crash at I-696 near Coolidge heading west. Photo via MDOT camera

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Crash at I-696 near Coolidge heading west. Photo via MDOT camera

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