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Woman dead after crash with tow truck in Clinton Township

By: Nick Mordowanec | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published November 18, 2019

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A 51-year-old woman is dead after reportedly colliding with a tow truck on Groesbeck Highway.

Clinton Township Police are currently investigating the fatal crash that involved a silver Chevrolet Equinox and a flatbed tow truck at about 4:39 p.m. Nov. 17.

Police Sgt. Christopher Allis said preliminary investigation indicates that the Equinox, operated by the woman, was traveling northbound on Groesbeck. While driving in the left through lane, she reportedly began to drift left toward southbound traffic.

She then struck the flatbed tow truck head-on in the southbound lane. The truck driver reportedly attempted to avoid the collision, but was unsuccessful.

The truck came to an uncontrolled stop near the site of the crash. The driver, who was not suspected of being under the influence of any substances, remained on scene and waited for authorities to arrive.

The driver of the Equinox was unconscious when emergency personnel arrived. She was extricated by Clinton Township Fire Department officials and then taken to a local hospital. Shortly thereafter, she was pronounced dead.

It was unknown if the victim was under the influence of any substances.

Allis said that where the crash occurred, it was a straightaway with no intersections that could have played a role in the crash.

He added that two witnesses spoke to police, corroborating the preliminary investigation.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Sgt. Allis at (586) 615-2525 or Capt. Bruce Wade at (586) 493-7931.

Unrelated arrest at crash site 

An unrelated drunk driving arrest was made on scene after a vehicle attempted to drive through the area.

Allis said “several officers were in harm’s way” as the vehicle reportedly refused to stop, despite several officers, police cars, flares and an unrelated tow truck blocking the roadway.

The alleged drunk driver was taken into custody and held at the Clinton Township Police Department pending bond and sobriety.