Teen airlifted to hospital after car crashes into trees
Editor's note: This article has been updated with the car make and model.
A 17-year-old Pittsfield Township resident was airlifted to the University of Michigan hospital in critical condition after the car he was driving ran off the road into a ditch and hit several trees Tuesday night in Ypsilanti Township.
The teen was pinned in the car for about two hours while firefighters worked to free him, said Ypsilanti Township Fire Capt. Brad Johnson. The car was essentially wrapped around a tree, Johnson said.
The Pittsfield Township teen was driving a 2004 Ford Taurus west on Textile Road on his way home from work in Ypsilanti Township when the car left the road in the 5800 block of Textile Road, police said. It traveled about 20 feet into the ditch, hitting several trees along the way, Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Sgt. Geoffrey Fox said. Firefighters said the crash was reported at 11:48 p.m.
The Survival Flight helicopter crew used the parking lot of the PineView Church parking lot as a staging area, said Huron Valley Ambulance spokeswoman Joyce Williams. HVA paramedics took the man from the crash site to the helicopter, she said.
Investigators have not yet determined why the teen’s car left the road, Fox said. Neither alcohol nor drugs is suspected in the crash, he said.