Passenger Loses Limb After Speeding Motorist Loses Control in Detroit

Chevy Impala hits exit sign and guardrail on off-ramp of I-96 in Detroit, state police said.

byKate Gibson| PUBLISHED Dec 1, 2017 6:17 PM
Passenger Loses Limb After Speeding Motorist Loses Control in Detroit

Michigan authorities are investigating a crash that caused one person to lose a leg after the vehicle they were riding in crashed early Friday morning in the city of Detroit.

The passenger was in a speeding car on Interstate 96 when the driver lost control on an exit ramp, according to a report in the Detroit Free Press.

The newspaper cited Michigan State Police in reporting the 2007 Chevy Impala hit an exit sign after losing control, then a guardrail before coming to a stop.

The person with the amputated leg was listed in serious but stable condition at a local hospital, the report said.

Separately, initial reports indicate 10 people died in 10 separate traffic crashes in Michigan during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, which ran from 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22, through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 26, the state police said.

“The preliminary numbers show the same number of fatalities from this holiday period last year," a spokesperson said in a news release. State police "urge motorists not to drive while impaired, always use proper restraints and to make responsible driving decisions.”

Before the long holiday weekend, the National Safety Council projected that more than 400 Americans would likely die in accidents on U.S. roadways during the period.