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Detroit — Five people were injured late Tuesday morning in a crash between a car and an EMS unit on the city’s west side.

According to the Detroit Police Department, the crash occurred at West McNichols and Schaefer shortly before noon.

The force of the crash pushed the EMS unit into a utility pole, causing it to tilt and send live power lines to the ground, where they sparked and set fire to grass.

The two paramedics in the EMS unit and their passenger were injured. The two people in the car reportedly had to be cut out of the vehicle.

All were taken to local hospitals for treatment; their conditions were unknown.

The crash also brought down power lines that are smoldering on the ground.

Erica Hall was working at L George’s Coney Island when the crash occurred.

“We didn’t hear anything but then we noticed that traffic was backing up,” Hall said. “Then our lights started flickering and then we lost power. But we have a generator which kicked in, so we’re doing OK because the customers are still pouring in.”

Police closed off the intersection as crews in cherry pickers from DTE Energy Co. cut power to the utility pole.

TGreenwood@detroitnews.com

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