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March 20, 2013

Man burned in south Warren crash

By Brian Louwers
C & G Staff Writer

WARREN — A 39-year-old man suffered burns to his arm, chest and face in a fiery two-car crash at Eight Mile and Groesbeck March 19, Warren Fire Commissioner Wilburt “Skip” McAdams said.

Warren fire crews were dispatched to the accident on the northwest corner of the intersection at 7:15 p.m. and arrived to find the Detroit Fire Department on the scene.

McAdams said a cell tower in the area routed an incoming 911 call to Detroit’s emergency dispatch center, which sent Detroit police and fire units to the intersection where firefighters pulled the victim from his burning car and worked to extinguish the vehicle.

“We arrived to find two cars fully involved. Detroit Fire was putting out one car and Warren Fire put out the second,” McAdams said. “The victim who was injured was removed from the vehicle by Detroit Fire and set on the median between Eight Mile.”

Warren paramedics treated the man for burns sustained in the fire and transported him to St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit in critical but stable condition.

The driver of a second vehicle involved in the crash was not injured and not treated by the Warren Fire Department, McAdams said.

It was not immediately clear what caused the fire during the crash but McAdams said such incidents are rare, especially when both vehicles become engulfed.

“I can only think of a handful in 30 years with fully-involved vehicles,” McAdams said. “Normally they are high-speed accidents.”

Deputy Warren Police Commissioner Louis Galasso said the injured driver was responsible for the rear-end collision but that no other information about the crash was available March 20.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Brian Louwers at brianlouwers@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1089.