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Police: Slow merging driver rear-ended, critically injured on US-131

Posted at 1:01 AM, Mar 25, 2017

PLAINFIELD TWP., Mich. — Michigan State Police have reopened all northbound lanes of US-131 at I-96 following a crash that left a driver critically injured.

It happened just before midnight Friday when police say a vehicle merging slowly from the shoulder onto northbound US-131, just south of West River Drive, was rear-ended by a vehicle driving full speed that was unable to stop.

The driver of the car hit was injured and is hospitalized in critical condition.

No one else was injured in the crash.

Northbound traffic was shut down for roughly two hours, backing up traffic for at least a mile or more.

Police say alcohol or drugs do not appear to be a factor at this time.

MSP told FOX 17 the driver of the merging vehicle was at fault, not the highway driver.

The incident remains under investigation by the Michigan State Police.