CLARKSTON, MI – On Friday afternoon, April 20th, 2018, the Crash Reconstruction Unit assisted Oakland County Sheriff’s deputies from the Independence Township Substation with an injury crash that occurred at 1:17PM this afternoon on Main Street near Waldon Road.
A 52 year old man who is a resident of Oxford was northbound on Main Street, driving a 2011 Volvo tractor with 2 partially full trailers filled with dirt. Witnesses state the driver ran the red traffic signal at the intersection of Main Street and Waldon Road and then went left of center to avoid a
collision with traffic that had the green traffic signal.
The semi then struck a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer that was stopped at the red traffic signal facing south on Main Street. The Trailblazer was driven by a 49 year old Ortonville resident. After the semi struck the Trailblazer, it continued left of center, drove off the roadway and ran into the side of a business located in the 50 block of Main Street, causing extensive damage to the building. A 2000 Buick Century, driven by a 38 year old Waterford resident, was behind the Trailblazer when it was struck by the semi and was also damaged in the crash.
The business on Main Street was open and had several people inside at the time of the crash but no one was injured.
The driver of the semi was entrapped for a short time but was extricated by the Independence Township Fire Department. He sustained very minor injuries and refused to be transported to the hospital. It was previously reported to us that the driver was transported to a local hospital but that was found to be incorrect. He was cited for disregarding a traffic signal and released at the scene.
All occupants of the Buick and the Chevrolet suffered minor injuries in the crash and refused transport to the hospital. The Chevrolet had a 53 year old resident of Holly as a front seat passenger. All were wearing seatbelts and there was no airbag deployment in any of the vehicles.
Dispatch had received two separate calls regarding a commercial motor vehicle that was traveling north on Main Street that was driving left of center. Both callers had different descriptions of the vehicle, neither of which matched the description of the responsible vehicle in this crash.
The responsible driver denies any drug or alcohol use nor did he appear as though he was under the influence. A PBT was administered with a result of .000
Independence Township deputies will be handling any further investigation in this case.