Roll Over Accident Held Up Traffic On M-53

STERLING HEIGHTS (WWJ) – A roll over accident caused a major traffic jam along M-53 Van Dyke Freeway in Sterling Heights Wednesday morning.

WWJ Traffic Reporter John Bailey reported around 8 a.m. that a car flipped over near the roundabout at 18-1/2 Mile Road. The accident caused a multi-mile backup on M-53 for over two hours, as crews cleared the wreck from the road.

WWJ’s Bill Szumanski was hovering over the accident in Chopper 950.

“It’s a full-sized, Jeep-type vehicle laying on its side, but the door is in one place and the roof is in another. They had to take a chainsaw to cut the occupant or occupants of this vehicle completely out. M-53 southbound remains closed between the roundabout and 18 mile road as they now get wreckers hooked up to this vehicle to get everything out-of-the-way,” he said.

The driver of the vehicle was transported to a local hospital.

Police aren’t saying if anyone else was injured in the crash and have not yet released details about the driver.

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  • Crash McCar

    High speed and geometry of motion will challenge a driver’s ability. Drivers need to understand the effect of mass distribution in the car, like the center of gravity, and radius of curvature. A lateral acceleration is generated by a circular trajectory proportional to the vehicle speed squared divided by curvature radius. This driver found out his vehicle’s limit.

    Vehicle dynamics knowledge would help all Michigan drivers move safely

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