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Posted on Mon, Mar 25, 2013 : 11:17 a.m.

Woman suffers serious injuries after accident on I-94

By Kody Klein


A woman crashed her car into a tree along Interstate 94.

Photo courtesy Tammy Mills

A 24-year-old woman suffered major injuries after her car went off Interstate 94 and hit a tree around 2:30 p.m. Sunday near South Fletcher Road in Lima Township.

Captain Chris Smith of the Chelsea Area Fire Authority said the woman was stuck inside the vehicle and it took about half an hour to safely remove her.

The woman was taken to the University of Michigan Emergency Room.

It is unknown what caused the car to leave the freeway. Further details were not immediately available.

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Chelsea Road

Tue, Mar 26, 2013 : 2:52 p.m.

Since when are houses right on the freeway? That doesn't look like a freeway to me.


Wed, Mar 27, 2013 : 1:47 p.m.

The photo was taken from westbound 94 looking north. There is a grassy area between the freeway and a service drive (Seitz Drive). The house is on the north side of Seitz Drive.

Julia T

Tue, Mar 26, 2013 : 12:48 p.m.

I drove right past that...I don't claim to know what happened but it had nothing to do with the proximity of the tree! There is what is akin to a service drive there, she drove entirely OFF the highway, through the ditch next to the highway and hit a tree that sits on the service drive!


Wed, Mar 27, 2013 : 1:41 p.m.

I also drove past the accident on my way home from Ann Arbor. A few miles earlier I had noticed that several vehicles were speeding at least 10 mph over the 70 mph limit, and driven rather erratically - like they couldn't get somewhere fast enough. Don't know if this was one of them. But I was glad to get off 94 and get home.


Tue, Mar 26, 2013 : 8:36 p.m.

I agree Julia. We also drove by before any ems or police arrived not sure how the car ended up where it did i wouldnt have said it came from the 94 look more like there were driving on old 12 to me


Tue, Mar 26, 2013 : 3:11 a.m.

Why are trees next to high speed expressways ? All these laws we have for drivers yet Mdot can''t make the expressways safer. Same with freeway sign posts, Michigan is pretty good on that part compare to some states like NY. Now if they would just get rid of all the trees within a few hundred feet of the expressways, the roads would be safer for all of us. That is where money should be spent, not on fancy electronic signs that remind you to wear your seat belts. Hope the young lady makes a full and speedy recovery.


Thu, Mar 28, 2013 : 3:11 p.m.

Then again, if you stay on the road, then the trees don't matter now ,do they ?


Tue, Mar 26, 2013 : 2:56 p.m.

and those pesky fences and guard rails. The guard rails make cars ricochet back into traffic. The fences prevent cars from safely stopping further away in somebody's back yard. And we have to get rid of overpasses! With a little effort, some drivers could jump the rail and land on the road below! Not to mention the whole limited access system which allows cars to go much faster than is safe, resulting in more injury than necessary when they crash. We really need to make the roads safer for unsafe drivers! (I'm not claiming anything about this lady, this case.)


Mon, Mar 25, 2013 : 11:20 p.m.

If you are going at a high rate of speed and leave the road, you are going to hit something. Limited access is to limit assess to safe on off ramps.


Tue, Mar 26, 2013 : 3:14 a.m.

Not always, the grass helps slow your car down and right now the ground is thawing and the tires would sink and slow down even quicker. If that tree wasn't there and the car did not roll over, she might had walk away and just had a few bumps and bruises.


Mon, Mar 25, 2013 : 11:24 p.m.

limited access.......

Julie Baker

Mon, Mar 25, 2013 : 8:49 p.m.

We just updated this story with a courtesy photo from the crash scene.


Tue, Mar 26, 2013 : 2:48 p.m.

What in the world is a "courtesy photo" ?


Mon, Mar 25, 2013 : 3:47 p.m.

Beautification of high speed highways with obstacles like trees is misguided.


Wed, Mar 27, 2013 : 1:37 p.m.

In this case, the tree the woman hit is at least 10 yards away from the shoulder of the freeway, and my guess is it's been growing there for at least 20 years.


Tue, Mar 26, 2013 : 3:19 a.m.

Some places the trees are too close to the expressways. Most cars never have a serious accident yet they all need to have air bags. The safety regulators need now to focus on the roadways like they did on the cars. Expect they have to pay for the roads and we have to pay for our cars. They don't seem to care as much when they have to pay for it.


Mon, Mar 25, 2013 : 5:24 p.m.

Seriously? This is the limited access highway...the trees are usually far off the roadway...not IN the roadway or even NEAR the roadway.


Mon, Mar 25, 2013 : 4:21 p.m.

On the other hand, luckily, most of our cars don't just "leave the freeway".