A crash that injured two folks and temporarily closed a section of eastbound I-96 Saturday was caused by a distracted driver, in accordance with the Ottawa County Sheriff’s office.
The crash occurred around 9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at the 13-mile marker on eastbound I-96 close to Ottawa County’s Polkton Township, in accordance with a news release issued by the sheriff’s office.
The distracted driver, a 27-year-old lady from Indiana, was looking down at her cell phone on the time of the crash, the release reads.
The crash stays under investigation.
Deputies said they believe the 27-year-old woman was traveling eastbound on the highway at around 70 mph in a Hyundai Elantra. At some point, she looked down at her mobile phone and rear-ended a Toyota Prius driven by a 36-year-old man from Comstock Park, based on the release.
The person driving the Prius had slowed down for a traffic backup resulting from road construction and lane closure. A 3-year-old female passenger within the Prius suffered a femur fracture and was taken by ambulance to DeVos Children’s Hospital.
The 27-year-old received a hand injury and was handled at the scene.
All eastbound lanes on I-96 have been closed for a short time until rescue crews could transfer the vehicles and the patients involved off the roadway.