DETROIT (WWJ) – Two young men are “lucky to be alive” after the vehicle they were driving rolled over several times on Detroit’s west side.

WWJ’s Vickie Thomas reports the 18-year-olds were driving a GMC Yukon on Doris Street near Linwood around 4 a.m. Friday when their vehicle apparently hit the curb, rolled over multiple times and split a tree in half. Rescue crews had to use the jaws of life to free the men from the wreckage.

Chris Jones, a resident whose parked Cadillac was damaged in the crash, said the sound of the crash woke him up.

“It sounded like a bomb exploding, it was real, real loud,” said Jones, who rushed outside to see what happened.

“They were hurt bad. There was about four of them in the car. Two of them was able to get out, one couldn’t get far before he collapsed across the street and the ambulance had to take him, and the other one, he disappeared.”

Chris Jones cuts part of a tree that fell on his car during an accident. (WWJ Photo/Vickie Thomas)

Half of the tree fell on Jones’ parked Cadillac.

“We’re lucky to see another day. Had that tree not been there, they might have been in my house,” he said.

The three men were transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. An EMS driver said one person who called for assistance from an apartment building nearby could have been injured in the crash.

Jones said the men were “lucky to be alive.”

An investigation is ongoing.

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