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Washington Township – A Sunday morning car crash has temporarily closed down a portion of Van Dyke (M-53), according to the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office.

Sgt. Renee Yax said the accident, which remains under investigation, occurred about 10 a.m. and involved a car fire. A portion of the roadway, between 26 and 30 Mile road, remained closed to traffic at 3 p.m., Yax said.

"Both north and southbound Van Dyke is shut down in that area and traffic is becoming an issue," Yax said. "We are advising motorists to avoid the area. ... It is unknown how long it will be shutdown at this time."

Deputies responded to a single vehicle crash on Van Dyke and 26 Mile and found a Jeep Cherokee that had been travelling southbound had let the roadway at a high rate of speed and slammed into a pole and caught fire. There were no survivors and it is believed that the vehicle was occupied by only one person whose identity has not been released.

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