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Multi-car pileup claims the lives of 2 along U.S. 23

A 51-year old Milford man lost his life and his 25-year fiance remains in the hospital in critical condition at University of Michigan's Hospital in Ann Arbor following a multi-vehicle accident on U.S. 23 in Michigan's Green Oak Township on Sunday, April 23, 2017. The 9-vehicle crash also claimed the life of a 52-year-old man from Davison as well.

The 62-year-old driver of a tractor-trailer thought to have been responsible for causing the pileup was taken into custody at the accident scene. The man was driving his 2015 Freightliner tractor-trailer at the time the accident occurred.

Witnesses recounted seeing the man fail to stop as he was quickly approaching other cars stopped in a construction area. He ultimately made contact with a number of vehicles that were stopped in traffic before landing atop a 1997 Ford Escort, the vehicle in which the couple described above was traveling in. The female victim was extracted from the Escort. The other male decedent was driving a 2016 Chevrolet Sonic.

The accident closed the southbound lanes of U.S. 23 around both Silver Lake and Lee roads for more than seven hours as emergency workers tended to the injured and as the crash scene investigation continued. The tractor-trailer driver is being held in jail in Livingston County as prosecutors work to determine if criminal charges, such as a moving violation involving death, will be filed against him for his role in causing in the accident.

If you know someone that has been either critically injured or killed as a result of his or her involvement in a car accident, a Detroit, Michigan, motor vehicle accident attorney can provide guidance in your car accident case.

Source: Livingston Daily, "Police ID victims from fatal crash on US 23," Lisa Roose-Church, April 24, 2017

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