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August 21, 2013

Firefighters rescue man trapped in rollover crash

By Terry Oparka
C & G Staff Writer

Firefighters extricated a man from a rollover crash on eastbound Long Lake, east of Crooks, just before 3 p.m. Aug. 20.

The man was transported from the scene to Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, for treatment and is in stable condition, said Troy Assistant Fire Chief David Roberts in a prepared statement. 

When firefighters arrived at the scene, they discovered a Jeep Cherokee rolled over on its roof after colliding with another vehicle, the driver trapped inside, according to reports.

Roberts said firefighters stabilized the Cherokee with jacks and wood cribbing to keep it from moving and used the Jaws of Life and hydraulic rescue tools to extricate the man.

Eastbound Long Lake was closed to traffic at Crooks for about a half hour.

Roberts said no additional information is available about the crash or the condition of the driver at this time.  

Roberts noted that the incident is nearly identical to a rollover traffic crash that happened at 9:15 a.m. Aug. 5 at Long Lake at Investment Drive, where rescue personnel discovered a small SUV/crossover-style vehicle on its roof with a woman trapped inside, seat-belted and hanging upside down, according to reports.

Firefighters stabilized the SUV with jacks to keep it from moving and used the Jaws of Life and hydraulic cutters to extricate the woman, who was conscious and alert, according to reports.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Terry Oparka at toparka@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1054.