Michigan State Police investigating fiery fatal crash on I-696 in Farmington Hills

1 dead after being rear ended on Saturday

Michigan State Police (Michigan State Police)

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – Michigan State Police are investigating a fiery car crash on I-696 where one person was killed.

The fatal crash occurred on Feb. 18 at 11:40 p.m. on I-696 west of Halsted Road in Farmington Hills.

According to the authorities, the driver of a 2017 Volkswagen was traveling westbound on I-696, approaching I-96, when they were rear-ended by a Chevrolet Malibu. The 2017 Volkswagen vehicle stopped on the left shoulder, with both occupants uninjured. The 2019 Chevrolet Malibu lost control of their car which resulted in being run off the road, hitting a tree head-on, which caused the vehicle to catch fire.

The driver of the 2019 Chevrolet Malibu was trapped inside the burning vehicle and was pronounced dead on the scene. The identity of the victim has not been released. They were the only person in their vehicle.

The incident remains under investigation, and the authorities say they are forwarding the case to the prosecutor for review.