MSP: 1 killed after hitting disabled vehicle on I-69

TEKONSHA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A 33-year-old man was killed in a two-vehicle crash in Calhoun County Monday night.

Michigan State Police said it happened on southbound I-69 near M-60 in Tekonsha Township, south of Marshall.

A vehicle was disabled on southbound I-69 after hitting a deer. The two people inside the vehicle were able to get out and walk off the freeway, according to a MSP news release.

A second vehicle rear-ended the disable vehicle, went off the roadway and struck a tree.

The driver, who has been identified as James Charles Thompson of Salida, Colorado, was taken to the hospital where he died, the release said.

Troopers say the occupants of the disabled vehicle, both from out of state, were not inside the car at the time of the crash. Both were unharmed, police say.

The crash remains under investigation.

Southbound I-69 was closed for several hours as authorities investigated and worked to clear the scene. The road has since reopened.