2 hurt after car crashes into Midtown bus stop

Leonard N. Fleming
The Detroit News
A car crashed into a bus stop along Woodward Avenue near Forest Ave in Detroit Friday morning, injuring 3 people.

It was supposed to be a normal day for Albert Longmire as he cruised up Woodward Avenue in Midtown but snow and ice that blew on his windshield changed all that on Friday morning.

Longmire, 78, said he lost control of his white Ford Focus after being unable to see out of it from the ice and snow on the hood, crossed into the southbound lane and slammed into a bus depot with two inside, causing two people to be taken to the hospital.

"I had a lot of ice and snow upon (his car) and it slid down and I lost control," said Longmire, of Detroit.

Police said the crash happened at about 10:30 a.m. Friday.

Two people who were sitting in the shelter were injured. They were taken to the hospital Friday morning after the car slammed into the bus depot with people waiting to ride the bus, police said.

The first victim, a 49-year-old male, is in stable condition, police said. The other victim, a 53-year-old man, is also in stable condition and had several cuts likely caused by shattered glass that was sent flying in the crash, officials said.

Police said the driver told officers he was not hurt.

A car struck a bus stop shelter Friday morning, injuring three along Woodward Avenue in Detroit.

He said he was free to go and no ticket was issued for the accident. 

The car, until it was towed away, rested on the QLine tracks. The depot was a heap of mangled metal and glass and its green covering over it at the corner of Woodward Avenue and Forest Street adjacent to a Shell Gas Station. "It just happened so fast...boom."

Longmire said he was the lone passenger and he was not injured and police officials were not detaining him and that it was an unfortunate accident with inclement conditions. He sat in the passenger seat of his car until a tow truck arrived.

This has been a long 24-hours for Longmire who said he was "going for a ride" Friday after he lost power in his home last night. Elvis Presley was on the radio and he was cruising up Woodward when the unfortunate happened.

"I was listening to one of Elvis Presley's spiritual (songs), he said, adding, "I don't think he helped me very well."

Longmire said but was concerned about the ones in the depot. "I really hate that," he said about people's lives at risk in the accident.


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