Stop-and-go traffic sparks road rage dispute in Oakland County; shots fired through back windshield
Two drivers got into a road rage dispute overnight while waiting in stop-and-go traffic on a freeway in Oakland County, and it led to shots being fired from a minivan through the other vehicle’s back windshield, police said.
Eastbound I-696 ramp to Couzens closing Monday for toxic green ooze cleanup
MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich. – The eastbound I-696 ramp to Couzens Avenue in Madison Heights will close at 9 a.m. Monday for the final stages of the cleanup of the toxic green ooze. In December, 2019, hexavalent chromium was found leaking onto I-696. Since then, workers with the EPA and ELGE have been cleaning the site. Authorities said the ramp closure will allow for the removal of concrete to fully clean and remove the known-carcinogen. Madison Heights officials said EGLE and EPA conducted an extensive investigation, installed a treatment system and collected more than 350,000 gallons of contaminated groundwater to be treated.
State police: Driver intentionally crashed into I-696 center median in Madison Heights
MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich. – A driver intentionally crashed a vehicle into the center median along eastbound I-696 near Dequindre Road, blocking traffic for several hours Wednesday morning, Michigan State Police said. Eastbound I-696 had to be shut down at Couzens Avenue after the crash caused a light pole to fall onto the interstate on the eastbound side. A second vehicle struck that pole, police said, and then a third vehicle struck the initial vehicle that crashed. Police said the driver who first crashed intentionally into the median fled the area on foot. However, they were found by police -- officers suspect the driver was operating the vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Eastbound I-696 reopens at Couzens Avenue
MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich. – Eastbound I-696 has reopened at Couzens Avenue, just east of I-75, after it was shut down for several hours Wednesday morning due to a crash. New report: State police say driver intentionally crashed into I-696 center median in Madison HeightsThe crash was reported just before 3 a.m. Wednesday. Cleared Crash on EB I-696Location: EB I-696 at CouzensLanes Blocked: All Lanes @Movingmacomb — MDOT - Metro Detroit (@MDOT_MetroDet) February 3, 2021Check the live traffic map with updates here.
Major progress made cleaning up toxic green ooze site in Madison Heights
MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich. – Enough progress has been made in cleaning up the toxic green ooze site in Madison Heights that the federal government has handed control back over to Michigan officials. The work has never stopped at the green ooze site -- even during the pandemic. Madison Heights officials said EGLE and EPA conducted an extensive investigation, installed a treatment system and collected more than 350,000 gallons of contaminated groundwater to be treated. Gary Sayers, the owner of the building at the center of the Madison Heights toxic ooze case, hasn’t been seen much since November. A virtual town hall meeting with Madison Heights officials, the EPA and EGLE will be held Tuesday at 6 p.m. More information can be found here.