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3 Michigan youngsters killed in I-190 crash

A terrible car accident claimed the lives of three and left two in critical condition earlier this week along the 190 Interstate. Police say three Hamtramck, Michigan, residents, ages 20 and 21 were passengers in a vehicle driven by a 22-year-old, also from Hamtramck.

Their vehicle collided head-on with an SUV driven by an 87-year-old man who was driving the wrong way on the Interstate. The three decedents were pronounced dead at the scene. The two drivers were taken to a hospital where they were listed in critical condition.

A witness who lives near the crash site said after the extremely loud smashing sound of the crash, the vehicles both went up in flames. State Troopers had to extinguish the flames before attempting to remove victims from the wreckage.

It is not yet known why the man was driving on the wrong side of the freeway, but a local family has started a petition to require elderly drivers to take additional driver's tests.

In this case, as with other head-on collisions, the injuries are catastrophic. While the drivers were probably protected by air bags, their injuries may result in lifelong medical issues and care such as with back and spinal injuries, several broken or crushed bones, and or brain injuries.

The families of the victims may end up filing personal injury and wrongful death claims against the elderly gentleman. While we don't know the extent of his own injuries, it will be interesting to find out if the man had a medical emergency, or was driving while intoxicated, or simply did not have his glasses on at the time of the accident. Regardless, this tragic event will no doubt have a profound effect on several families.

Source: Detroit Free Press, "3 from Michigan Killed in crash on New York freeway," Jim Herr, July 9, 2012

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