Westbound I-96 is closed at the I-196 split due to a serious crash that occurred near the Leonard St. exit just before 2 p.m. on Friday.

Grand Rapids police are headed to the scene to investigate.

Drivers should avoid the area.

In order to avoid the accident site, Westbound I-96 traffic should divert onto Exit 37 and turn right onto M-44/East Beltline and head north. Continue driving past the Leonard St and M-44/East Beltline intersection and make a Michigan left onto southbound M-44/East Beltline. Then, turn right onto Leonard Street, and use the I-96 westbound entrance ramp.