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Posted on Fri, Nov 25, 2011 : 9:51 a.m.

Man crashes into building after being run off road in Ypsilanti Township

By Lee Higgins

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A driver who crashed into a building in Ypsilanti Township on Thursday afternoon, causing his sport utility vehicle to catch fire, told investigators he was run off the road, township fire officials said.

Washtenaw County sheriff's deputies are investigating the crash at a strip mall in the 300 block of South Ford Boulevard.

The man was not injured, but his vehicle and the building were damaged, township interim Fire Capt. Thomas Stachlewitz said.

Stachlewitz said the driver crashed into a steel door and picture window at 12:33 p.m in a vacant area of the strip mall, causing a fire to start underneath the SUV. The driver got out of the vehicle and the fire had extinguished itself by the time firefighters arrived, Stachlewitz said.

Washtenaw County sheriff's investigators could not immediately be reached for comment this morning.

Anyone with information can call the sheriff's department tip line at (734) 973-7711.



Sat, Nov 26, 2011 : 6:48 p.m.

No vehicle description at all? Not even a sentence saying there is none?


Sat, Nov 26, 2011 : 4:09 p.m.

Actually if I think of where this place is? He crashed into a great place. Across the street from the fire dept on Ford at Russel. Interesting he would choose this spot. Good to hear person is ok and building looks fine.


Fri, Nov 25, 2011 : 8:54 p.m.

See, we don't need Firefighters! Under Snyder, all fires self-extinguish!

Ann English

Sat, Nov 26, 2011 : 12:50 a.m.

Fires will self-extinguish if the amount of oxygen in its area is limited, like an enclosed space.

Berda Green

Fri, Nov 25, 2011 : 6:49 p.m.

hope he is ok and hope they catch the person that ran him off of the road lord have mercy


Fri, Nov 25, 2011 : 4:22 p.m.

huh? @nickcarraweigh