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Motorist critically injured after slamming into tow truck (MI)


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A man was critically injured and traffic was diverted for hours after a crash early Tuesday morning in Allen Park.


The incident occurred at about 5 a.m. while the motorist, driving a Chevrolet pickup truck, was traveling east on the I-94 Freeway, at the Southfield ramp.


According to Fire Chief Douglas LaFond, a flatbed tow truck had just loaded a disabled vehicle when the motorist struck the tow truck at a high rate of speed. The tow truck driver and the woman who was driving the disabled minivan were not injured.


“He ran into the truck and a concrete embankment,” LaFond said. “He was still alive, but was in pretty rough shape.”


LaFond said it took firefighters close to 45 minutes to extricate the victim from the crumpled truck, using the Jaws of Life. The truck had to be cut apart in order to make it possible for rescuers to get him out.


He was taken to a nearby hospital as a “Priority 1,” the most serious category of injured victims. LaFond said the victim is a male in his 20s.


The ramp was closed for approximately three hours during the morning rush hour, until the crash scene could be cleared.



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