Driver injured when car goes out of control on U.S. 23, strikes tree
Photo courtesy of Pittsfield Township Fire Department
A woman was in serious but stable condition after her vehicle shot across all lanes of U.S. 23 Wednesday morning and crashed into a tree, Pittsfield Township firefighters said.
The woman, who is in her 50s, has a medical condition that may have caused the accident, fire officials said.
She suffered injuries to her extremities and is expected to survive, firefighters said.
The department responded to the accident on U.S. 23 south of I-94 at 9:30 a.m., firefighters said in a press release. The vehicle had been headed north before it went out of control and struck the tree. The driver was the only occupant.
The driver was pinned in the vehicle and emergency responders used the Jaws of Life to free her, fighters said. She was taken to St. Joseph’s Mercy Hospital in Superior Township.
“It appeared it was a medical condition,” said Pittsfield Township Fire Chief Sean Gleason.
Due to health privacy laws, Pittsfield Township Fire Chief Sean Gleason said he could not release the nature of the condition, but he said she has “a history.”
Gleason said eyewitnesses and his fire crew were “amazed” that the car crossed all the lanes without hitting another vehicle.
“By luck, she got through,” he said. “There was a decent amount of traffic.”
The Michigan State Police continue to investigate the matter.
Photo courtesy of the Pittsfield Township Fire Department