Jeeps hit building, train in Waterford Twp. incidents
Waterford Township was not the place to be on Saturday and Sunday if you drove a Jeep.
At 7:15 a.m. on Saturday, first responders were called to the area of Dixie Highway and Floradale for vehicle crash resulting in minor injuries. Officers and fire personnel found that a black Jeep Grand Cherokee had smashed into a building at 4721 Dixie Highway.
Police report that both the Jeep and the building sustained heavy damages. Officers also found an open container of alcohol in the vehicle.
The driver of the Jeep, a 19-year-old Waterford Township man, had not been drinking but a small amount of marijuana was found in his pocket.
He was arrested for possession of marijuana but was released at the scene with a citation. He was also cited for careless driving.
The owner of the Jeep, a 20-year-old Ortonville man, told police he had been drinking earlier the previous night. He was arrested for minor in possession of alcohol and was also released from the scene with a citation.
A 19-year-old woman passenger from Waterford Township was taken to a local hospital for minor injuries.
A 12:06 a.m. Sunday, officers responded to a car/train collision on Airport Road, just south of Olympic Parkway.
Upon arrival, they found a green Jeep Liberty resting up against the railroad crossing signal pole on the northwest side of the tracks. The vehicle showed heavy damage to its front end.
The driver, a 21-year-old from Commerce Township, told police she was traveling southbound on Airport Road when she came to the railroad crossing.
She was unable to stop due to the slipper road conditions. She then slid through the crossing and into the side of a passing train.
The force of the impact spun the Jeep around and pushed it into the crossing signal on the driver’s side.
The driver — who was uninjured — had been drinking and was arrested for operating under the influence. She was arrested and is lodged at the Oakland County Jail pending bond.