I-696 crash victim identified
Victim hit several times in WB lanes near Farmington Road
FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – A 41-year-old firefighter was killed Thursday morning when he was hit by several cars on westbound Interstate 696 near Farmington Road.
Michigan State Police said Daniel Armitage was outside of his SUV on the side of the road when he was hit by at least three cars just before 7 a.m. They said he may have been changing a tire.
"I've been doing this for 22 years and this is the worst scene I've been at," said MSP trooper Paul Shunia. "We think he was definitely in the road when he was hit and it was dark out, early in the morning."
Armitage had been an Ann Arbor firefighter since 1995.
"Our department is shocked and deeply saddened by the news of Dan's tragic death," said Ann Arbor Fire Chief Chuck Hubbard in a statement. "As Dan's identity was just recently confirmed, we are still in the process of sharing this news with the rest of the department. This is a very difficult time for us all."
Mick Folsom said he and his sons were on I-696 on their way to school when a semi-truck swerved in front of them to avoid the earlier incident with Armitage.
Folsom said he lost control and hit the center median.
"I've thought about it a lot," said Folsom, who has a broken toe.
His 16-year-old son, Max, was riding in the front seat. He has a separated shoulder. He told Local 4, "It was very nerve-racking."
Folsom's 13-year-old son, Jake, was in the back seat and has only bruises.
"My heart was thumping. I was scared. I didn't know what to do," he said.
Two other people were taken to a hospital for minor injuries and have since been released.
Westbound I-696 between Telegraph Road and Interstate 275 was closed for more than five hours.
State police are asking anyone who witnessed the incident to call 248-584-5740.
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