Firefighters free driver injured in two-car crash after he fell asleep
A vehicle crossed the centerline of North Territorial Road after its driver fell asleep and crashed nearly head-on into another vehicle in Northfield Township Friday afternoon.
The driver who fell asleep, a 39 year-old man from Dexter, suffered a broken leg, cuts and bruises and a possible broken arm in the accident, said Northfield Township Police Officer Scott Schultz.
The man was driving a 1993 Suzuki Sidekick west on North Territorial Road near Sutton Road when he fell asleep about 3:35 p.m. Friday, Schultz said. His vehicle struck an eastbound Honda Civic driven by a 62-year-old Plymouth man, Schultz said. The vehicles spun around, and the Dexter man’s Sidekick ended up on its side.
Northfield Township firefighters used the Jaws of Life to peel the roof off and free the victim, Schultz said. Huron Valley Ambulance took the driver to the University of Michigan Hospital.
The Plymouth man was taken to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Superior Township for evaluation. He did not have any obvious injuries, Schultz said.
North Territorial Road was closed for about an hour.