Trailer becomes unhitched, seriously injures driver on M-53

By: Sarah Wojcik, | Shelby - Utica News | Published August 8, 2017 | Updated August 8, 2017 2:35pm

At approximately 8:54 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, Shelby Township police and fire personnel responded to a serious injury crash involving an unhitched trailer and a 2007 Pontiac G6 on northbound M-53, north of 25 Mile Road.

Shelby Township Police Lt. Scott Trumbo said the initial investigation showed that the trailer had been improperly secured to the truck that was pulling it; as a result, the trailer became loose and, at some point, came to rest in the right northbound travel lane.

“It wasn’t actively mobile when it collided with the other vehicle,” Trumbo said. “Another vehicle swerved out of the way. Unfortunately, (the driver of the Pontiac G6) did not see it in time and crashed right into it, and the driver became very injured as a result.”

 The equipment trailer that became unhitched at approximately 8:50 a.m. Aug. 8 and was struck by a 2007 Pontiac G6 on northbound M-53, north of 25 Mile Road, rests on the side of the freeway. Police closed M-53 from 23 Mile to 25 Mile roads to investigate the crash.

The equipment trailer that became unhitched at approximately 8:50 a.m. Aug. 8 and was struck by a 2007 Pontiac G6 on northbound M-53, north of 25 Mile Road, rests on the side of the freeway. Police closed M-53 from 23 Mile to 25 Mile roads to investigate the crash.

Photo provided by Shelby Township Police Lt. Scott Trumbo

Emergency personnel attended to the 23-year-old Madison Heights man at the scene and transported him to Troy Beaumont Hospital, Trumbo said.

Shelby Township Police Chief Robert Shelide said the driver of the truck stopped and was cooperative with police.

“(The driver) stopped, identified themselves and gave a statement,” Trumbo said. “Alcohol and/or drugs do not appear to be a factor in either the truck driver or the driver who collided with the trailer.”

The investigation is ongoing. Police shut down northbound M-53 from 23 Mile Road to the scene of the crash while investigators process the scene.

In a 1 p.m. phone interview Aug. 8, Trumbo said he expected that the investigators would complete their field investigation shortly and police would reopen the freeway.

“They’re doing measurements. They took photographs and are doing an analysis of the vehicles and impact determined by the engineering of how this accident happened,” he said.

At approximately 1:30 p.m., the Shelby Township Police Department posted on its Facebook page that police had reopened M-53.

After the conclusion of the accident investigation, Trumbo said, the Police Department would continue investigating to determine whether any type of negligence resulting in serious injury took place, or if the crash resulted from equipment failure.

“We have to complete speaking to all witnesses,” he said.

Police ask that witnesses to the crash or any individuals with information relevant to the crash contact the Shelby Township Police Department at (586) 731-2121.