Man charged in incident that sparked Melvindale blast

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

A 24-year-old man who allegedly crashed into a natural gas line, causing an explosion earlier this month, has been charged with operating while intoxicated, authorities said.

The man is expected to be arraigned Tuesday in 24th District Court in Allen Park, according to the Melvindale Police Department.

According to police, alcohol was a factor in the crash during the early morning hours of July 2 at a DTE Energy facility on Greenfield Road near Allen Road. The explosion woke residents and forced evacuations.

The man apparently made a wrong turn and allegedly crashed through a fence before hitting the gas line, police said. The man was hospitalized after the incident. Two vehicles were damaged in the explosion, according to officials.

The case is being handled locally, said Maria Miller, spokeswoman with the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office. The Prosecutor’s Office has not received a warrant request in the case, she said.

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