AUBURN HILLS (WWJ) – Auburn Hills Police say a driver was seriously injured after part of a construction sign post entered a vehicle through the windshield and struck the driver.

According to police, a blue Toyota Corolla was traveling southbound on I-75 at Chrysler Drive just after 4:00 Thursday morning.

The vehicle struck a temporary construction sign that had fallen over in the left lane of travel. Part of the sign post entered the vehicle through the windshield and struck the driver.

The driver, a 20-year-old resident of Berkley, sustained serious injuries from the crash and was transported to an area hospital for treatment.

At this time, it does not appear that alcohol or drugs are not a factor in the crash. It is also unclear if the overnight storms blew the sign into the road. An investigation is ongoing.

Anyone who witnessed the accident is requested to contact the Auburn Hills Police Department at 248-370-9444.

The accident happened a day after MDOT reported an increase in work zone accidents.

The latest statistics show last year, there were more than 5,600 crashes, 1,488 injuries and 24 fatalities. Compared to 2009, there were nearly 500 more crashes in Michigan work zones and more than 100 more injuries. Fatalities also increased in work zones.

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