5 injured after rollover crash in Ferndale

Leonard N. Fleming
The Detroit News

Police are investigating an early Friday morning rollover crash in Ferndale that left one person seriously injured and four others hurt after one of the drivers struck another vehicle from behind after reaching speeds of up to 80 mph, police said. 

Sgt. Baron Brown of the Ferndale Police Department said the accident happened around 1 a.m. when a 2015 Hyundai Sonata was traveling on 8 Mile, just west of Woodward Avenue, when it slammed into a 2007 Chevy Trailblazer, knocking that vehicle on its side.

Alcohol may have played a factor in the crash, police said. The 29-year-old Detroit driver of the Sonata told police she had something to drink, and alcohol was removed from the vehicle, Brown said. 

The 48-year-old driver of the Trailblazer suffered an injury to her hand and is in serious but stable condition and her passenger, a 35-year-old man, suffered a serious head injury and is in stable condition, police said.

A 20-year-old man in the backseat of the Sonata is in critical condition, and an 18-year-old woman passenger suffered minor injuries, police said. All of them were from Detroit and all were taken to nearby William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.

The driver of the Sonata had to be cut out of the car due to the severity of the crash, Brown said, and that a search warrant was issued to obtain her blood for testing. She remained in serious but stable condition, he said.

The Michigan State Police department was brought in to help with the investigation, Brown said.