Officials: No charges after blown tire sends semi crashing into home, cemetery

Sarah Rahal
The Detroit News
Emergency personnel secure the scene after an Ajax asphalt tractor trailer truck  slammed into a residence on 26 Mile Road just west of Omo Road in Macomb Twp., Wednesday evening.  After traveling through the residence, the truck came to rest in  Meade Cemetery.

Ray Township — The driver of the semitrailer that crashed into a home and cemetery Wednesday lost control of the truck after a front tire exploded, the Macomb County Sheriff's Office said Thursday.

Officials released the information about five hours after the road where the crash happened reopened.

The crash, which happened at 4 p.m. Wednesday near 26 Mile and Omo, destroyed the home and damaged grave markers at the cemetery.

Officials said Thursday the tractor-trailer's front left tire exploded, the driver lost control and the semi collided with a F-250 pickup truck. The pickup spun around and struck a Honda pickup. A fourth vehicle, a Mercury Mariner, was struck by debris from the semi and a fifth vehicle struck the home's mailbox.

Deputies said the semi's driver has been cooperative and no charges are being sought.

On Wednesday, Deputies said the semi was headed west on 26 Mile when witnesses said the truck blew a tire. The driver lost control and entered into the eastbound lane of 26 Mile, striking a silver F-250 pick-up truck. 

The tractor-trailer slammed into the home then came to a stop in Meade Cemetery nearby. The home was destroyed. Several headstones in the cemetery also were damaged.

Deputies said the home was not occupied at the time of the crash. 

The driver of the tractor-trailer and the driver of the pickup have minor injuries, deputies said.

A van traveling behind the F-250 had to brake to avoid the crash and hit a mailbox. 

Officials said drugs and alcohol do not appear to be a factor in the crash. The drivers were wearing seat belts.

Police said 26 Mile was closed from North to Werderman during the investigation.
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