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Crash injures 2, damages condo in Sterling Heights

Brian J. O'Connor
Detroit News Finance Editor

A two-vehicle collision in Sterling Heights sent a van careening into a condo unit Thursday afternoon, resulting in minor injuries.

According to Sterling Heights police, the crash happened before 1:55 p.m. when a van traveling northbound on Ryan Road was struck by a Chevrolet Traverse that ran a red light at 19 Mile. After being hit, the van jumped the curb and struck one unit of the condominium at 43121 Napa. Both vehicles had one passenger.

Although several ambulances were ordered to the scene, injuries turned out to be minor. The driver and passenger of the van were sent to Beaumont Hospital in Troy after they reported back pain, while the driver and passenger of the Traverse reported no injuries. Damage to the condo was limited to a crack in the outside wall and an outside air-conditioning unit.

According to Lt. David Smith, a traffic citation will most likely be issued to the driver of the Traverse.

"Until this came up, it was a quiet Thanksgiving," Smith said. "Hopefully, it will continue."

On Wednesday, authorities reported two deaths in separate Michigan traffic crashes, including one in Monroe County.

Monroe County sheriff's officials say 56-year-old Robert Chandler was crossing a road in Frenchtown Township Wednesday evening when he was struck by a car. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died.

In western Michigan, Montcalm County sheriff's officials say a 68-year-old woman driving in Reynolds Township was struck by another vehicle Wednesday night when she failed to obey a stop sign. She died at a local hospital. The driver and passenger of the other car also were injured.

Michigan State Police say there were 12 traffic deaths last year around the Thanksgiving holiday, which runs from Wednesday through Sunday. The department has boosted patrols statewide.

boconnor@detroitnews.com

The Associated Press contributed.