Crews extricate vehicle occupants in two-car crash

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published January 9, 2020

 Firefighters worked for 45 minutes to extricate two victims trapped in a car struck by another vehicle in the intersection of Long Lake and Crooks roads during rush hour Jan. 9.

Firefighters worked for 45 minutes to extricate two victims trapped in a car struck by another vehicle in the intersection of Long Lake and Crooks roads during rush hour Jan. 9.

Photo provided by the Troy Fire Department

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Firefighters used the Jaws of Life and hydraulic cutters to free a man and a child trapped in a car reportedly struck by a vehicle running a red light at the intersection of  Long Lake and Crooks roads just after 4:15 p.m. Jan. 8. 

According to witnesses, police said, the at-fault driver had headed northbound on Crooks Road at Long Lake Road in the left through lane, disobeyed the red light and struck a 42-year-old Hamtramck man with two children in the car, ages 8 and 12, as he drove through a green light westbound on Long Lake Road. 

According to a press release, when firefighters arrived they discovered that one vehicle had left the roadway. 

Firefighters used the Jaws of Life to remove the Hamtramck man’s vehicle door, and hydraulic cutters to remove the post that separated the front and back doors to allow paramedics full access.

Upon extrication, paramedics treated the injured man at the scene before he and the two children were transported to the hospital. The condition of the minors is not known, but is not believed to be serious, the release stated. 

Troy firefighters were on the scene for 45 minutes. 

Police said that according to four different witnesses in several areas of the intersection, the two-car crash was caused by a vehicle running a red light. 

Troy police Sgt. Meghan Lehman said via email that a 35-year-old Troy man, who had a 3-year-old in the vehicle with him, was cited for disregarding the traffic light. 

Call Staff Writer Terry Oparka at (586) 498-1054. 

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