J.W. Westcott saves another man • North Pole Express tickets on sale soon • Boy critically hurt in crash

Crews aboard the J.W. Westcott saved another person's life over the weekend - the second save in just 10 days.

An Ambassador Bridge employee was saved after falling into the Detroit River on July 12. This weekend, a fisherman was saved. 

"That’s 150 feet, approximately from where he fell to the water," said deckhand Al Holland. "And then just yesterday on Saturday someone had a mishap misjudged the dock and fell into the water."

The J.W. Westcott has serviced boats for almost 150 years. They deliver mail for the freighters that float on the Great Lakes. Originally started in 1874 as a rowboat, it eventually was granted U.S. Postal Service status in 1948, becoming the only floating zip code in the country.

"Stay out of the river, it’s not safe, it’s a working river," Holland said.


J.W. Westcott pulls second man from Detroit River in two weeks

The J.W. Westcott has saved a second person in two weeks from the Detroit River and pulling a fisherman from water after he fell in on Saturday.

Boy suffers life-threatening injuries in Southfield Freeway crash

An Ecorse boy is hospitalized with possible spine and brain injuries after a crash Sunday afternoon.

Witnesses said two vehicles were merging into the middle lane on southbound Southfield Freeway near Plymouth at 5:10 p.m. One of the drivers tried to avoid the other vehicle but lost control. The vehicle went up the embankment and hit the concrete wall.

The boy, who was a passenger in that vehicle, was taken to Beaumont Hospital in Dearborn. He was later transferred to Children's Hospital for life-threatening injuries.


Southfield Freeway crash leaves 6-year-old boy with possible spine, brain injuries

A 6-year-old boy is hospitalized with possible brain and spinal cord injuries after a crash while two vehicles were merging on the Southfield Freeway.

High temps coming this week

The heat is coming. 

Monday brings temperatures in the low to mid-80s. However, temperatures soar as we get into the week. By mid-week, we'll hit the 90s in Metro Detroit.

Temperatures stay at or above 90 from Wednesday through Friday. After, temperatures drop to the mid-80s for the weekend.


Metro Detroit weather: Hot week in store

The week starts with temperatures in the lower to mid-80s, but those temperatures soar later.

2 freeway motorcycle crashes under investigation

Two motorcyclists were hurt in separate crashes on The Lodge in Detroit this weekend.

The first happened around 8:35 p.m. Saturday on the northbound Lodge freeway near I-94. Police say a vehicle that was parked on the right shoulder pulled out in front of a motorcycle. The 50-year-old motorcyclist rear-ended the vehicle and was launched into the air.

The victim was taken to a hospital for serious injuries.

Early the next day, a speeding motorcyclist crashed on the southbound side of The Lodge at Wyoming. Police said the 36-year-old Dearborn Heights man suffered critical injuries when he crashed around 1:30 a.m. Sunday.


Speeding motorcyclist critically hurt on the Lodge, MSP says

Michigan State Police said a speeding motorcyclist was critically hurt early Sunday morning when he was speeding and crashed his motorcycle on The Lodge.

North Pole Express returns this December

Tickets for the North Pole Express go on sale Tuesday.

The North Pole Express has been an annual tradition run by the non-profit Steam Railroading Institute (SRI) since 2004 and grows in popularity every year. It's powered by the world-famous Pere Marquette 1225, a 1941 Berkshire-type steam locomotive that is the pride and joy of the SRI collection.

You board in Owosso and stop in the Village of Ashley for a two-hour Christmas party. There are games, crafts, carnival rides, food, and, of course, Santa Claus. And, just like in the Polar Express, Santa selects a child to get the first gift of Christmas.

It then returns with another one-hour and fifteen-minute train ride home.


2023 North Pole Express rides through Michigan this December: tickets, dates, and times released

The 2023 North Pole Express is set for this November and December and the iconic Pere Marquette - the inspiration for the train in the Polar Express - is expected to be back in time for this year's rides.

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What else we're watching

  1. Two of the men charged in connection with Egypt Covington's 2017 murder pleaded guilty as their trial date neared. It was set to start Monday.
  2. Ann Arbor police are investigating hate-motivated vandalism at two off-campus University of Michigan fraternity houses. Homophobic and antisemitic symbols were painted on the houses.
  3. Stuff a Bus is from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at Volunteers of America Michigan Administrative offices at 21415 Civic Center Drive Suite 306 in Southfield. School supplies are being collected. 
  4. Michigan State Police arrested a man with a rifle, brass knuckles, and a dozen daggers in his car over the weekend.
  5. Sad Summer Fest brought its nostalgic lineup to Michigan last week. Check out photos here.

Woman dies after grizzly bear encounter near Yellowstone National Park

A woman was found dead in Montana on Saturday after coming into contact with a grizzly bear on a trail west of Yellowstone National Park.

The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks said in a statement on Sunday that the woman was found deceased on a trail near West Yellowstone, a Montana town nestled in the Custer Gallatin National Forest just west of Yellowstone National Park.

They said the woman was found deceased "following an apparent bear encounter" based on what investigators determined were grizzly bear tracks at the scene. The department said the investigation into the grizzly attack was ongoing.

Read more here.