DPD officer critically injured in accident on I-75
DETROIT (WJBK) - A Detroit Police Officer was critically injured in a crash Tuesday morning along Interstate 75.
The officer had to be extricated from the vehicle and is hospitalized in critical condition with a head injury, according to Detroit Police.
The accident happened on southbound I-75 near Vernor just before the Ambassador Bridge. Detroit Police say the officer hit a patch of ice, spun out and hit the median wall. No other vehicles were involved and nobody else was injured.
Detroit Police say the officer is 62 years old and is assigned to the department's 4th precinct. His name was not yet given.
"I visited with him, had a conversation with him. He recognized me right away, so that's a good sign," said DPD Police Chief James Craig.
Craig said the officer was worried about the car.
"He's responsible for the vehicles over at the Second and Fourth Precinct. He's praised by his colleagues. He really takes good care of these cares," he said.
The chief says an off-duty Detroit fire department supervisor was also on his way to work when he saw the damage and slowed down.
"He could look inside and see that someone was inside, slumped over," Craig said.
Roadways are expected to be slick in some areas Tuesday morning after temperatures dipped below freezing again overnight. Other accidents across the metro area have been reported.
For those who will be traveling in the area you can check a live traffic map at www.fox2detroit.com/traffic for updates on delays.
Michigan State Police Lt. Shaw said earlier no injuries had been reported from the accident.