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Detroit — An apparent case of bad driving cranked up the tension level Tuesday morning when a car crashed and flipped on the sidewalk in front of the federal courthouse in downtown Detroit.

The vehicle — an older model Oldsmobile 88 — flipped over on its top before 9:30 a.m. and remained in front of the Theodore Levin United States Courthouse on its Fort Street side late Tuesday morning.

“From what we understand, the driver was going too fast, lost control when he turned onto Fort and ended upside down in front of the building,” said Rod Hansen, U.S. District Court media information officer.

“We did not evacuate or shut down the building, and as far as I know, no one was injured inside the courthouse. It looks like it may just have been a case of bad driving.”

Police blocked off Fort from Washington to Griswold while firemen used the Jaws of Life to pry open both the driver and passenger’s side doors to remove the male driver trapped inside.

A Hart Medical EMS unit transported the unidentified driver to a local hospital where he remains in temporary serious condition.

The outside of the courthouse showed no apparent damage from the crash.

TGreenwood@detroitnews.com

(313) 222-2023

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