Four injured as semi-truck smashes into party store

By: Brian Louwers, Eric Czarnik | C&G Newspapers | Published January 5, 2016

 Three people, including the driver of the tractor-trailer, were reportedly treated for injuries. Police said two people who were inside the store were struck by debris.

Three people, including the driver of the tractor-trailer, were reportedly treated for injuries. Police said two people who were inside the store were struck by debris.

Photo provided by the Warren Police Department

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Public safety officials from Warren and Sterling Heights spent the afternoon of Jan. 4 investigating how and why a semi-truck drove off the road and smashed into Frank’s Deli and Liquor in Sterling Heights, injuring several people, according to police.

According to Warren police, four people, including the semi-truck’s driver, were injured after the semi-truck driver reportedly lost control near the store. The truck ran into the party store — located on the northeast corner of the 14 Mile and Mound Road intersection — following a collision with another vehicle.

Warren police said the chain of events that sent the tractor-trailer careening into the store began on northbound Mound, south of 14 Mile Road, at 1:26 p.m. The truck struck a red 2015 Dodge Journey that had yielded for an ambulance traveling along 14 Mile, police said.

“(The Journey driver) was rear-ended by a semi-truck that was also northbound. It was a glancing blow,” said Detective Sgt. Stephen Mills, of the Warren Police Department. “The semi-truck went across the intersection and struck Frank’s party store.”

Firefighters from Sterling Heights and Warren arrived at the scene to extricate the driver of the truck, a 75-year-old Almont resident. He was reportedly taken to William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, for treatment.

Sterling Heights Fire Chief Chris Martin said members from his Fire Department worked to free the truck driver from his vehicle.

“He was pinned in his truck for 40 minutes while the guys had to cut him out,” Martin said. “He’s got some injuries, but not too serious. He’s pretty lucky, I can tell you that.”

An 82-year-old woman from Warren and a 60-year-old Royal Oak man who were inside the store when the truck smashed into it were reportedly hit by debris and were treated for injuries at local hospitals. The driver of the Journey, identified as a 52-year-old Sterling Heights resident, reportedly sought treatment on her own, police said.

Mills said the driver of the semi-truck was ticketed for failure to stop. The speed limit on Mound road is 50 mph.

Calls to the party store were not returned by press time. Sterling Heights police declined to comment officially on the matter, citing the Warren department’s handling of the investigation since the incident’s origin was in Warren.

Anyone who has more information about this incident is encouraged to call the Warren Police Department at (586) 574-4700.

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