Forensic dentist needed to ID 4 dead
Detroit — The Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office will have to rely on the skills of a forensic dentist to determine the identities of four people killed in a horrendous single-car crash late Tuesday night.
The fiery crash occurred at about 11 p.m. when a single vehicle slammed into a retaining wall on eastbound Interstate 96 at Wyoming. The crash closed the freeway until about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday.
“All the bodies were burned beyond recognition,” said Mary Mazur, spokeswoman for the Wayne County Health Department. “We have an idea of who they might be and have been in contact with family members to obtain dental records, but we can’t make a positive identification until a forensic dentist has been called in.”
As of Wednesday evening the Medical Examiner’s Office was still in the process of obtaining records for dental identification of the accident victims, Mazur said.
According to Mazur, the victims were three males and one female.
“There were no children involved,” Mazur said. “It looks like the victims were all either adults or young adults.”
Michigan State Police Lt. Michael Shaw said Wednesday that the vehicle went off the roadway on Interstate 96 and slammed into the base of a bridge on the eastbound lanes. The vehicle then caught fire.
Shaw says foul play is not suspected and that investigators believe “they were driving too fast.”
The Associated Press contributed.