VERNON TWP. — A fatal Friday afternoon rollover crash closed both east and westbound lanes of I-69 between the Durand and M-13 exits for several hours, according to a press release the Sheriff’s Office.
According to a press release from the Shiawassee County Sheriff’s Office, the driver of the vehicle, a Lansing woman, was pronounced dead at the scene.
“Dispatch received a call of an injury accident on I-69,” the statement said. “Dispatch shortly was advised of civilians performing CPR on one of the passengers. The vehicle was traveling eastbound on I-69 near the Goodall Road overpass. The vehicle left the roadway where it rolled several times. The driver was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene. The five other passengers of the vehicle all suffered injuries from the accident and were transported to Hurley Hospital.”
The press release did not specify the age of the woman, nor the number or ages of other passengers.
Initial reports said the woman was driving a "pickup truck" eastbound shortly after noon when the crash took place. Witnesses said two children were pulled from the vehicle. The vehicle later was identified as possibly a Dodge Durango.
Eastbound lanes of I-69 reopened about 3:45 p.m. and westbound lanes opened shortly after that.
The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Vernon Township Fire Department, Durand Fire Department, Perry and Durand police, the Michigan State Police, Owosso Fire Department medics, MMR, Corunna Area Ambulance, Perry Fire Rescue, the Shiawassee County Road Commission, the Michigan department of Transportation and Central Dispatch.
The crash remains under investigation. Speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors in the crash, the release stated.