Rollover crash on 8 Mile results in injuries to 5 people

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published July 29, 2019

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FERNDALE — A rollover crash involving two vehicles on Eight Mile Road in Ferndale resulted in injuries to five individuals.

Police responded to the crash at approximately 1 a.m. Friday, July 26, on westbound West Eight Mile Road and Woodward Avenue. Authorities found a 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer containing two passengers lying on its side and a 2015 Hyundai Sonata containing three passengers.

According to Ferndale Police Sgt. Baron Brown, investigators believe that both vehicles were traveling on westbound Eight Mile when the incident occurred, and that the Sonata caused the crash.

“We believe they were both traveling westbound on West Eight Mile when the Sonata struck the Trailblazer from behind at a speed that (Michigan State Police) investigators ballparked at in excess of 80 (mph), causing the Trailblazer to roll over on its side,” he said. 

The speed limit on Eight Mile is 40 mph.

Michigan State Police were called to help with the crash due to its seriousness.

A press release stated that the driver of the Trailblazer, a 48-year-old Detroit woman, suffered “serious injuries” to her hand and initially was in serious but stable condition. The passenger, a 35-year-old Detroit man, suffered serious head injuries but was in stable condition, police said.

Brown said the people in the Trailblazer were dazed from the crash and needed help getting out of the vehicle.

“They couldn’t go out the doors,” he said. “They had to be helped out the back tailgate ...  of the Trailblazer by officers.”

In the Sonata, the front-seat passenger, an 18-year-old Detroit woman, suffered minor injuries, according to police. A 20-year-old Detroit man who was a rear-seat passenger initially was in critical condition, police said.

The driver of the vehicle, a 29-year-old Detroit woman, suffered serious injuries in the crash and had to be extricated from the vehicle by Ferndale fire personnel, according to police. She reportedly was in serious but stable condition initially.

“The front of the Sonata had so much damage that it crushed down on (the driver’s) leg and she was unable to get out,” Brown said. “We weren’t able to get her out, so (the) Ferndale Fire (Department) had to use the Jaws (of Life) and some other equipment to move different components of the vehicle that had her pinned.”

As of Monday, July 29, all individuals in the crash were in stable condition, Brown confirmed.

The release also stated that a search warrant was obtained to take a blood sample from the 29-year-old driver of the Sonata. 

“The blood will be submitted to the Michigan State Police Crime Laboratory to determine the driver's blood alcohol content,” the press release stated. “The submission of this case to the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office is pending the driver’s blood alcohol content. A possible charge may be operating while intoxicated causing serious injury. … This specialized investigation will not yield any conclusions for several days.”

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