COMMERCE TWP. (WWJ) – Police say a man was critically injured after his vehicle crashed into a semi-truck along M-5 in Oakland County.
The accident happened just before 12 a.m. Thursday on M-5 between Pontiac Trail and Maple Road in Commerce Township.
According to police, a 46-year-old man who was driving a semi-truck had just turned right onto northbound M-5 from westbound Maple Road. At the same time, police say a 24-year-old Wixom man driving a Ford Mustang northbound on M-5 and disregarded a red light at the intersection and rear-ended the semi-truck.
Witnesses told police the Mustang was traveling at a high rate of speed, if not erratically, just prior to the crash.
The Wixom man was trapped inside his vehicle and had to be extricated out by Commerce Township Fire Department. Once the man was finally freed from his vehicle, he was airlifted to Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak in critical condition.
No other injuries were reported.
According to police, the injured man was not wearing a seatbelt. His identity was not immediately released.
Police say alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation.
M-5 was closed for nearly five hours while police investigated, but has since reopened.