DEARBORN, Michigan – A terrible car accident occurred Friday afternoon, around 4:30pm on Outer Drive, near Park Street. According to witnesses at the accident scene, a man – thought to be in his 30’s (driving a “white minivan” – actually a white Ford Escape) collided with a black Ford Escort, driven by a young man – thought to be around 17-20 years old. The accident occurred at a “historically dangerous corner” on Outer Drive, near Park Street. Both drivers were brought to an area hospital.
Colette Richards said: “When I got to Park Place at 5:00 pm, the Firefighters were trying to get the driver out of the black car. It took them a while to get that person out. It looked like there were 4 cars involved in the accident but I was off to the side so that’s all I could see. It was very sad to see. I just hope everyone will be alright who was involved in it.”
Dearborn firefighters apparently used the “Jaws-of-Life” to extricate the young man from the black colored Escort.
“In regards to the accident at Park and Outer Drive. Our initial investigation reveals that a Ford Escape was traveling at a high rate of speed northbound on Outer Drive. That vehicle struck a Ford Taurus traveling southbound. Both drivers were transported to Oakwood Hospital. Based on the initial investigation, it does appear that alcohol may have played a part in this accident. The investigation is continuing”, Seargent Stephen White said in a statement issued Monday morning.
The City of Dearborn worked with residents in the past year to remove trees that obstructed views from the empty lot on Park Street – improving visibility for drivers. Fire Marshal Scott Rhodes was not available for comment.
Janet Damian remarked: “Oh, this is horrible! People speeding up Outer Drive from Michigan Avenue at 4:30 — others crossing at Park or Nona — or waiting in line to cross at Grindley Park. Visibility is so poor at that curve. This doesn’t look like a 35 mph crash does it?”