Man crashes vehicle, dies in fire

Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN — A single-vehicle crash on the Southfield Freeway resulted in the death of the driver after his vehicle became engulfed in flames.

Dearborn police responded to the southbound Southfield Freeway ramp at Michigan Avenue just after 2:30 p.m. July 7 when the Kia was already on fire.

Sgt. Edward Doulette said the Kia possibly crashed into a tree and the man driving the vehicle was not able to make it out before the fire started.

The man’s body was badly burned as a result of the fire and was examined by the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office before it is removed from the vehicle.

An identity of the man has not been made public as of publication, and the examiner’s office is investigating the cause of death, which may involve a medical emergency.

Doulette said it is unknown if alcohol, drugs or speeding were factors in the crash.

The Police and Fire departments closed the southbound ramp and the service drive where the fire took place while they investigated the scene.

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