Probe continues into Saginaw Co. crash that injured 6
By Andrew Keller, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
A helicopter transports an injured person to an area hospital.
Not much is left of one of the vehicles involved in the crash.
This is another view of the crash scene.
SAGINAW TOWNSHIP, MI (WNEM) -
The Saginaw County Sheriff's Department responded Tuesday evening to a two-vehicle accident at Gratiot and Chapin roads.
That's M-46, between Merrill and Hemlock, in western Saginaw County. Due to this accident, Gratiot was completely shut down between Steel and Chapin roads. Police have reopened Gratiot Road.
TV5 has learned that six people were injured in the crash that happened at about 4:30 p.m.
"It's horrific. It's bad. I didn't think anybody in the back seat was going to survive. Heard them screaming, crying, they just wanted to get out. They didn't know where they were, nothing," said Jessica Oliver, who lives near where the accident happened.
Authorities tell TV5 four teenagers are in critical but stable condition. None of them have life-threatening injuries. Those four teens, three girls and a boy, were all riding in the blue-green Chevrolet Malibu, visible in the photo to the right. It took more than 30 minutes to use the Jaws of Life to get the individuals out of the car.
"The back seat was pushed into the front seat, and those people were trapped inside. The people in the back seat got multiple leg injuries, so they had to cut the top of the car off, cut the side of the car off, cut the seats out. That's why it took so long to get these people out," said Sgt. Mark Garabelli with the Saginaw County Sheriff's Office.
Two elderly people were in the van. They also sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
Several of those injured were taken by helicopter to area hospitals. A crash scene reconstruction team was summoned to the location. It's unknown what caused the crash, but law enforcement said the roadways were slick from a light rain-snow mix.
"One vehicle was eastbound and one was westbound, and that's about all I can say about the directions of the vehicles and how it happened, because it's still under investigation. The weather was off and on all day. Snow, sleet, sun. When we got here, the roads were wet, so we'll do some measurements and skidmarks, if we can find any," Sgt. Garabelli said.
At least two of the teens involved are from the Merrill area. The investigation into the cause of the crash continued on Wednesday with law enforcement researching why the vehicle lost control.
M-46 was shut down for about three hours Tuesday evening while police and crews cleared debris from the road.
Stay with WNEM.com and TV5 as we learn more about the accident.
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