Eleven injured in 3-car crash after Ford F-150 crosses centerline
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The 26-year-old driver of a Ford F-150 caused a three-car crash that injured 11 people Monday when he crossed the centerline and struck a Ford Escape.
Courtney Sacco I AnnArbor.com
Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Geoffrey Fox said the man was driving the truck west on Geddes Road west of Prospect Road. At this point, it’s unclear why the man crossed the centerline, Fox said.
The F-150 struck the Escape, which then collided with a Chevrolet van before the crash was reported at 5:05 p.m., Fox said.
“We’re not sure if he was passing or ducked out to see ahead of him,” Fox said.
The 26-year-old suffered broken bones in his wrist and possibly in his foot as well, Fox said. However, the people in the Escape received more serious injuries.
A 41-year-old woman in the Escape suffered broken legs, a broken pelvis and a collapsed lung. A man who was in the SUV suffered a broken arm, facial injuries and a lung injury. A 16-year-old girl who was a passenger suffered internal injuries and was taken into surgery. Fox did not know the extent of her injuries Tuesday afternoon.
The seven people in the Chevrolet van were transported to the hospital with minor injuries, Fox said. There were two adults and five children in the car, aged 3, 5, 7, 10 and 12. Fox said it was likely that they were taken to the hospital due to their young age.
At this point, the driver of the F-150 has not been cited. The report is not finished and Fox did not know where the man was from. He said the investigation into the accident needed to be finished before he could be given a ticket or charged with any crimes.
“They wouldn’t cite him with anything right away,” Fox said. “They’re doing a complete investigation and we’ve waited to see what the investigation at the scene showed and what all the injuries were.”
Survival Flight was called to the scene of the crash Monday afternoon, but Fox said officials with the service decided they could not fly due to the weather. He did not have specifics on what aspect of the weather caused Survival Flight to stay grounded and a request for comment to University of Michigan Health System from AnnArbor.com was not immediately returned Tuesday.
Multiple people had to be cut out of vehicles involved in the crash, including the woman in the Ford Escape. Geddes was closed between Prospect and LeForge for hours Monday evening so deputies could investigate.
Fox said there’s no indication of drugs or alcohol being a factor in the crash.
The report on the crash still is not complete and information on all the individuals involved in the wreck was not immediately available, Fox said. The extent of the injuries in the crash was still becoming clear and updates could come later on Tuesday.
Huron Valley Ambulance, Superior Township Fire Department and Ann Arbor Fire Department personnel all responded to the scene, along with the sheriff's office.