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Oxford Twp. crash leaves 2 dead

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Two people are dead after a rear-end crash in northern Oakland County on Monday night, police said.

Trouble started when the driver of a garbage truck, a 50-year-old Metamora man, had to stop the truck in the roadway for “mechanical difficulties,” a statement from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office said.

Soon after, the 43-year-old male driver of a 2003 Chrysler Town & County minivan, heading west on Ray Road in Oxford Township, rear-ended the truck. There were three passengers in the minivan: a 32-year-old woman in the front seat, a 43-year-old woman behind the driver, and a 5-year-old boy behind the front-seat passenger. The boy is the son of the driver and the front-seat passenger, the sheriff’s office said. The backseat passenger was a mutual friend.

The driver of the minivan was not wearing a seat belt, and died at the scene.

EMS transported the 43-year-old woman to McLaren Oakland, where she died from her injuries. The 32-year-old was transported to McLaren by the Oxford Fire Department, and at last report is in temporary serious condition. Fire officials also transported the child to Royal Oak Beaumont, and the child is in stable condition at last report.

The driver of the garbage truck sustained only minor injuries and was taken to Crittenton Hospital in Rochester Hills, mostly as a precaution.

Police do not believe alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash, which they are still investigating.

In 2015, 963 people died in Michigan in car crashes, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation. As of Oct. 18, the last time the total was officially updated, there have been 805 such fatalities, up 34 from that point in 2015. The goal this year had been 750 or less.

jdickson@detroitnews.com