Car crashes into fire station

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Emergency workers assess the scene outside of Dearborn Fire Station No. 1, 3750 Greenfield, after the building was struck by a vehicle about 7:30 p.m. May 20. No one inside the building was injured but the driver of the vehicle was taken to Oakwood Hospital-Dearborn where he was listed in temporary critical condition.

By BOB OLIVER
Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN — Fire Station No. 1, 3750 Greenfield, is in need of repairs after being struck by a car May 20.

Police Sgt. Stephen White said that about 7:30 p.m. a Cadillac being driven by a 74-year-old Detroit man ran into the northwest side of the building after rear-ending another vehicle and hitting a tree on Greenfield.

The crash left a hole in the wall that is covered by sheets of plywood.

White said alcohol is believed to have played a factor in the crash but that the investigation is ongoing.

No charges have been filed against the driver.

Fire Chief Joseph Murray said emergency crews inside the station assisted the man, who was conscience and responsive after the crash.

The man was taken to Oakwood Hospital-Dearborn where he was initially listed in temporary critical condition but is now stable.

The driver of the vehicle that was rear-ended, a 25-year-old Dearborn man, was not injured in the crash

Murray said the Cadillac struck an office that was unoccupied at the time of the crash but seven firefighters were in other parts of the building and no one inside the station was injured.

“The crash was confined to just one office so we temporarily moved that officer while repairs are made,” Murray said.

He said electronic equipment and furniture inside the office were destroyed by the crash and that repairs on the building and office are expected to begin soon.

Murray said said emergency operations at the station won’t be affected.

(Bob Oliver can be reached at boliver@bewickpublications.com.)

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