Scrap engine ejected in crash injures man

FLINT TWP. — An 18-year-old passenger who was injured when a semi carrying scrap vehicles crashed into a pick-up truck is no longer in critical condition.

Michigan State Police said the man was injured when a semi carrying scrap vehicles slammed into the pickup. An engine was ejected from one of the scrap vehicles and crashed through the pickup’s windshield, striking the passenger. He is now listed in stable condition at a local hospital.

The accident occurred May 10 at about 10:45 a.m. when the semi, which was hauling a flatbed trailer loaded with crushed vehicles stacked on top of each other, passed under the Maple Road overpass on southbound Interstate-75 in Flint Township. One of the scrap vehicles on the flatbed trailer struck the Maple Road overpass. After hitting the overpass, an engine from a scrap vehicle ejected from the flatbed and struck the passenger side windshield of the pickup traveling behind the semi, hitting the passenger.

The pickup truck was driven by a 50-year-old Flint resident. The passenger was the nephew of the driver and also a Flint resident. The driver of the semi-truck was a 46-year-old Montrose resident. Southbound I-75 was closed for several hours after the accident.

A Michigan State Police accident reconstruction team is continuing its investigation. Police say it is still undetermined whether the driver of the semi will face charges.

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