Five people are dead after a head-on collision Sunday afternoon on US 23 SB between Lee and Silver Lake Roads in Green Oak Township.
“A Prius with four occupants had crossed the center line striking a Blazer with five occupants. There were a total of three patients out of the vehicles laying on the ground. The remaining patients were all pinned in the vehicles and had to be extricated with heavy equipment,” said Fire Deputy Chief Kevin Gentry.
The Prius had been travelling northbound before it crossed the median.
Gentry says three people were pronounced dead at the scene, while two others were pronounced dead at a local hospital.
“The remaining [four] patients were transported to the University of Michigan by a combination of Livingston County EMS units, and Survival Flight helicopters, with significant injuries,” said Gentry.
Authorities are investigating the cause of the accident. Gentry says they are looking into whether alcohol may have played a role in the collision.
Both directions of US 23 were closed for several hours.