2 car crashes within minutes of each other sends 1 to hospital

Man critically injured when struck by passing vehicle

Author: Ashley Zakar, Assignment Editor
Published On: May 11 2013 09:48:54 AM EDT   Updated On: May 11 2013 10:56:28 AM EDT
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WARREN, Mich. -

The Michigan State Police Department is investigating two car crashes that happened within just minutes of each other that critically injured a man in Warren.

The situation started  around 3:20 a.m. with a two-car accident on the eastbound side of I-696 near Van Dyke, according to state police. A Ford Focus and a Mercedes Benz Sprinter Van were involved in a minor traffic crash, however, the Ford Focus was not drivable and was blocking the road way.

The occupants of the Ford Focus got out of the car and tried to push the vehicle in an attempt to keep it from blocking any lanes. A 27-year-old man from Grosse Pointe Park was pushing the car when he struck by another car, a Chevy Cobalt, and was thrown down the road way. The man was transported to St. John Hospital and is currently listed in critical condition.

The two people who were in the Chevy Cobalt suffered minor injuries.

Eastbound 696 at Mound Road was closed for nearly five hours while investigators were on the scene. State troopers continue to investigate the incident.

It appears alcohol may be a factor in the second crash involving the Chevy Cobalt.