Sterling Heights man seriously hurt in head-on collision with teen driver in Clinton Township

Police say 18-year-old driver crossed center line on Clinton River Road

Two drivers were hurt Sept. 29, 2017 in a crash on Romeo Plank Road in Clinton Township. (WDIV)
Two drivers were hurt Sept. 29, 2017 in a crash on Romeo Plank Road in Clinton Township. (WDIV)

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A 46-year-old Sterling Heights man was seriously injured Friday when an 18-year-old driver crossed the center line of Clinton River Road in Clinton Township and caused a head-on collision, police said.

Both drivers were injured in the two-car crash on Clinton River Road between Romeo Plank and 17 Mile roads in Clinton Township, police said.

Police said a 2004 Dodge Caravan was heading west on Clinton River Road behind a Dodge Durango.

A 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer heading east on Clinton River Road near 17 Mile Road began crossing the center line, and the driver of the Durango drove off the roadway to avoid a collision, police said.

The driver of the Caravan didn't see the Trailblazer in time, and the vehicles crashed head-on, according to police.

The 18-year-old Sterling Heights man driving the Trailblazer suffered minor injuries and stayed at the scene until officials arrived. He was taken to the hospital, and later released.

The 46-year-old man from Sterling Heights driving the Caravan was found unconscious when police arrived. He has a broken arm, a shattered leg and a collapsed lung. He is still being treated at a hospital.

Police are still investigating whether drugs or alcohol were involved in the crash.

Clinton River Road was closed for several hours between Romeo Plank and 17 Mile roads.

The Clinton Township Police Department is continuing to investigate the incident. Anyone with information is asked to call 586-493-7800 or 586-615-2525.

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