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Livonia police officer injured on I-96 released from hospital

43-year-old driver killed, officer injured

A man was killed when his vehicle struck a police cruiser Sunday, July 23, 2017 on I-96 in Livonia. (WDIV)
A man was killed when his vehicle struck a police cruiser Sunday, July 23, 2017 on I-96 in Livonia. (WDIV)

LIVONIA, Mich. – A Livonia police officer who was injured during a crash Sunday morning on westbound I-96 between Middlebelt and Merriman roads has been released from the hospital. 

The officer was seriously injured and needed to undergo surgery after a vehicle rear-ended his patrol vehicle and launched it into him while he was on foot conducting a traffic stop along the interstate. Video from the patrol car's dashcam shows the moment of the collision about 11:36 a.m. Video from his bodycam also captured the moment -- watch here

The officer was rushed to a hospital where he underwent surgery on Monday. He was released from the hospital on Friday. 

The driver who hit the officer's vehicle was a 43-year-old Hartland man. His vehicle rolled after the collision. He did not survive. 

The westbound side of the interstate was shut down and stifled traffic for hours on Sunday. 

Driver may have suffered medical emergency

Police believe the Hartland man suffered a medical emergency before his vehicle veered into the officer's patrol car. He was traveling alone. 

"The vehicle that struck the patrol car rolled over after impact and the driver sustained significant trauma and was trapped in the vehicle. He was pronounced deceased at the scene," Livonia Police Chief Curtis Caid said in a statement. 

Chief Caid rushed to the crash scene. 

"On behalf of the Livonia Police Department, our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased. Within a couple minutes, I was at the scene of the crash and the injured officer was conscious and alert. The responding firefighters were outstanding and remained at the scene supporting our officers until nearly 6:30 p.m. at which time the scene was cleared. Please continue to pray for and support our officers and all first responders, who are committed to serving our community," Caid said in a statement. 

No other injuries were reported. 

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