Police Seek Witnesses Of I-96 Crash That Killed Truck Driverby Jana Ritter - Published: 11/16/2016
Police are seeking help from anyone who may have witnessed a semi-truck crash that occurred early Tuesday morning at around 1:20 am on I-96 just east of Muskegon County, Michigan. The truck driver was found dead after his semi rolled over and it is still not certain what caused the crash. Anyone with information is asked to call the Fruitport Township Police Department at (231) 865-8477.
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On Tuesday evening, authorities released the name of the truck driver who died as a result of the tragic crash after his family was notified. The victim was identified as 50-year-old Aaron Mather who lived in the Fruitport area and was driving a semi-truck belonging to a local company, whose name has not yet been confirmed. It is believed that Mather was employed by the company and had simply been doing his job when the tragic accident took his life.
While the exact cause of the crash is still being investigated, authorities speculate that foggy conditions may have been a possible factor. What they do know is that Mather was heading east on I-96 between Muskegon and Fruitport when his semi-truck rolled into the center median between the Hile and Airline roads exits. According to Brian Michelli, director of public safety for Fruitport Township, a passing motorist reported the crash around 1:25 a.m. Michelli said the witness did not provide any details about the events of crash, and that he isn’t sure why no one stopped at the scene to assist the driver or wait for help to arrive.
Unfortunately when the first responders arrived on the scene, they found Mather already dead inside the mangled semi-truck. One westbound lane of the freeway was closed for several hours while police investigated and crews worked to remove the contents of the semi and remove the vehicle from the median. All lanes were reported open by 11:15 a.m. Tuesday morning.
Authorities said that an autopsy has been scheduled to determine the cause of death and possibly help determine the cause of the crash, which is still under investigation. Again, witnesses or anyone with information that may help with the investigation are encouraged to contact the Fruitport Township Police Department at (231) 865-8477.