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Warren woman killed in fatal crash on John R

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published January 15, 2020

 Fire crews work to abate hazards from a four-vehicle crash on John R Road, just north of Big Beaver Road, during evening rush hour Jan. 14.

Fire crews work to abate hazards from a four-vehicle crash on John R Road, just north of Big Beaver Road, during evening rush hour Jan. 14.

Photo provided by the Troy Fire Department

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A 27-year-old Warren woman was killed and two others injured in a four-car crash on John R Road, north of Big Beaver Road, during the evening rush hour Jan. 14. 

According to a police report, at approximately 4:15 p.m, a silver 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee travelling southbound on John R Road swerved into the northbound lanes, crashing into a gray 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee heading north, and then rolling. 

The gray Cherokee was struck by another vehicle unable to stop in time, and that vehicle was rear-ended by a fourth vehicle unable to stop in time, police said. 

Police said the passenger in the front seat of the silver Cherokee, a 27-year-old Warren woman, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her airbags reportedly deployed. 

According to the police report, the driver of the silver Cherokee, a 28-year-old Eastpointe woman, was seriously injured in the crash. Paramedics treated her at the scene for what appeared to be serious injuries, then transferred her to Beaumont Hospital, Troy. 

Police said the driver of the gray Cherokee was treated at the scene for suspected injuries and was transported to Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak. Other drivers involved in the crash were not injured, according to the police report. 

The Troy Fire Department responded, surveyed the scene to determine the number of people needing to be removed from vehicles, as well as the hazards — including leaking fuels, energized electrical systems and high temperature engine compartments that are not allowed to safely cool and which pose hazards for those involved in the crash and first responders, according to a press release. 

Firefighters requested that police reroute traffic away from the crash scene to ensure a safe work area and determined in less than a minute that the occupants of the silver Grand Cherokee, on its side,  needed to be extricated, the release stated. 

Firefighters stabilized the silver Grand Cherokee and began extrication with the Jaws of Life as paramedics worked to stabilize the women trapped inside the vehicle, the release states. 

Firefighters abated hazards at the scene and turned the incident over to police, according to the release. Fire crews were reportedly on the scene less than 40 minutes. 

Police continue to investigate the cause of the crash, but, at this time, alcohol and drugs are not believed to be factors. 

John R Road was closed to traffic for approximately four hours while police investigated, 

Witnesses police did not speak with at the scene are asked to contact police at (248) 524-3477. 

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

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