By GABRIEL GOODWIN
Sunday Times Newspapers
ALLEN PARK — A crash Jan. 26 left two people dead and a third in critical condition on west I-94 near Southfield and Pelham roads is being investigated by the Michigan State Police.
Courtney Staton, 26, and Robert Moore, 40, both from Ypsilanti, were named as the two deceased occupants. Michigan State Police did not release the name of the survivor, but said she was a 36-year-old also from Ypsilanti.
The single-car collision occurred about 3:50 a.m. The vehicle was travelling west on I-94 near Pelham Road when the driver lost control of the vehicle, Michigan State Police Lt. Michael Shaw said in a statement.
The 2002 Nissan was exiting the expressway when it struck the end of the guardrail sideways while the driver tried regain control, he said. The vehicle careened across the road and into the guardrail on the left side of the road. The driver and front passenger were pronounced dead at the scene.
A third occupant, in the back seat of the vehicle, was transported to Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center in Dearborn, Fire Chief Douglas LaFond said.
Rescue personnel were able to get the crash survivor to the hospital within five to 10 minutes because she was not completely trapped in the back seat, LaFond said. She was transported priority one because of the critical injuries she received.
MSP 1st Lt. Phil Menna said the cause of the accident is still under investigation pending toxicology and accident reconstruction reports. He said the road conditions would not have been a factor in the accident because it was clear and dry at the time.
The state police responded to the scene first and called in the Allen Park Fire Department. LaFond said the department responded in about six minutes.
Dearborn firefighters were called to provide mutual aid, he said, because of the third occupant and Allen Park only has two ambulances. The scene was cleared about 7 a.m., so the state police and medical examiner could process the scene.