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Posted on Thu, Nov 10, 2011 : 7:48 p.m.

Firefighters free 2 from wreckage of crash in Ann Arbor

By Cindy Heflin

Firefighters had to free two people from the wreckage of a head-on crash that sent both to the hospital Thursday evening on the east side of Ann Arbor.

A man driving a Toyota crossed the centerline of Washtenaw Avenue near Tuomy Road, and his vehicle collided head-on with a Volkswagen about 6 p.m., said Ann Arbor Fire Department Battalion Chief Robert Vogel.

Firefighters used the Jaws of Life to free a man and woman in the Volkswagen. Huron Valley Ambulance took both patients to the University of Michigan Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The man driving the Toyota was not injured, firefighters said.

Weather was not believed to be a factor in the crash, Vogel said.



Fri, Nov 11, 2011 : 12:52 p.m.

Does it feel as if more crashes are occurring on roadways? Michigan has no vehicle safety inspection as many other states require. With the poor economy many motorists are delaying car maintenance. Owning a car repair business gives us a 'front and center' view. Could some of these crashes (and unfortunate deaths) have been avoided if the vehicle(s) had been inspected by a state licensed facility? Trust me, you don't want to know what you are traveling with on the road.

Jimmy McNulty

Fri, Nov 11, 2011 : 2:18 p.m.

I agree with Marilyn Wilkie. There are way more distractions to driving today than there were even 10 years ago. Aside from the radio and phones, folks driving now text, iPod, GPS, eat, drink, etc. State inspections are not the answer.

Marilyn Wilkie

Fri, Nov 11, 2011 : 1:02 p.m.

I think there are more crashes because there are more cars on the road, more distracted driving, more people speeding, and lots of young inexperienced drivers. I do not think we need to go the vehicle inspection route.


Fri, Nov 11, 2011 : 10:27 a.m.

Thank you, firefighters and EMTs. They make the world a better, safer place for all of us. God bless.

Bertha Venation

Fri, Nov 11, 2011 : 9:59 p.m.

HVA really saved me one time! Hope they got my contribution. No aid for them.


Fri, Nov 11, 2011 : 5:43 a.m.

Washtenaw is far too narrow for the 4 lanes it has around there. That's a treacherous stretch of road.

Craig Lounsbury

Fri, Nov 11, 2011 : 12:08 p.m.

I've driven that stretch of road fairly regularly since 1979 in a variety of vehicles. I have never had a problem staying on my side of the road.


Fri, Nov 11, 2011 : 12:01 p.m.

Agree &: the speed limit is excessive for the narrow lanes and oblique intersections.


Fri, Nov 11, 2011 : 5:19 a.m.

Heads ons are never good.there should be at least a theory out there from the cops as to what caused it.glad everybody lived.


Fri, Nov 11, 2011 : 2 a.m.

What's the deal No detailed reports of how many trucks and firefighters were on scene for all the 'experts' to blog about? You must be slipping... or maybe you're starting to report on the important facts and not creating controversy. Nah...

Craig Lounsbury

Fri, Nov 11, 2011 : 2:07 a.m.

nice PR work.

Ann English

Fri, Nov 11, 2011 : 1:47 a.m.

Not the weather? I don't know how cold it was at 6 PM, but we got some snow before then, and it was also dark at that time. I'd like to believe that the snow fell, melted, and did not freeze on any road so soon. Both vehicles should have and may have had their headlights on. Some streets are so well lit that it's easy to forget to turn any non-automatic headlights on; decades ago, that happened with me when I was driving on Chesterfield toward Packard one winter night. It may not help you yourself to see a whole lot better, but other drivers can tell you're there much more easily if your headlights are on.


Fri, Nov 11, 2011 : 5:11 a.m.

It's terrible though, regardless of their lights... hope they're doing well.


Fri, Nov 11, 2011 : 5:10 a.m.

That even when you may or may not get in a crash, you should have your headlights on.


Fri, Nov 11, 2011 : 4:24 a.m.

Forgive me, but what exactly is your point?