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Posted on Wed, Jan 23, 2013 : 4:33 p.m.

Vehicles crash near city hall in downtown Ann Arbor

By Danielle Arndt


Crews clean up the scene of a crash at Huron Street and Fifth Avenue in downtown Ann Arbor Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013.

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A crash in front of city hall in downtown Ann Arbor Wednesday afternoon caused a minor traffic disruption and significant damage to at least two cars.

Police officers quickly cleared the scene in front of the Ann Arbor Municipal Center at Fifth Avenue and Huron Street Wednesday afternoon.

The accident occurred at about 3 p.m. Two vehicles were towed away with significant front-end damage. One of the vehicles, a blue SUV, hit a traffic light post on the southeast corner of the intersection.

It is not known whether there were any injuries in the collision.

Lt. Jim Baird with the Ann Arbor Police Department said details on the crash were not immediately available Wednesday afternoon.

Police were sent to the crash after security guards within the 15th District Court alerted them. Officers at the scene declined to answer questions from an reporter.

Crime and courts reporter Kyle Feldscher contributed to this report.

Danielle Arndt covers K-12 education for Follow her on Twitter @DanielleArndt or email her at


Susan Milne

Thu, Jan 24, 2013 : 2:41 p.m.

Observed the crash scene right after it happened from my office window. I bet the eastbound car was speeding to get through the yellow light while the westbound car was trying to make a left hand turn before the light turned red. I am surprised there aren't more accidents of this nature. Pedestrians trying to cross Fifth Avenue are also in harms way as cars rushing to turn left don't always look for pedestrians in the walkway. We see people jumping out of the way all the time. I think there should be a left turn light to make this a safer intersection.


Thu, Jan 24, 2013 : 2:12 p.m.

There were some really annoying gawkers making things even worse. One guy in front of me just couldn't get enough, even as rescue vehicles were attempting to navigate around them to reach the scene.

Fresh Start

Thu, Jan 24, 2013 : 2:28 a.m.

Some people can't drive


Wed, Jan 23, 2013 : 11:19 p.m.

Did they take out the fountain?


Thu, Jan 24, 2013 : 2:47 p.m.

We should be so lucky......


Thu, Jan 24, 2013 : 2:07 p.m.

Unfortunately both the dysfunctional urinal and the hideous Justice Center were spared.


Wed, Jan 23, 2013 : 9:48 p.m.

I'll bet that at least one of the drivers was distracted by our million dollar art. Go figure!


Thu, Jan 24, 2013 : 2:09 p.m.

Good one, Goober! Or the hideous Justice Center that is too close to the street. I went past there a few minutes after it happened, and that was one of the first things that came to mind.


Wed, Jan 23, 2013 : 10:30 p.m.

How could you not?