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Car splits in half after being hit by a vehicle going over 100 mph

Several people were injured in the highway crash in Michigan.
A car is destroyed in a crash
Posted at 9:16 AM, Aug 28, 2023

Several people were injured during two vehicle accidents on I-696 in Warren, Michigan.

Michigan State Police (MSP) said Sunday at approximately 1:50 a.m., troopers were en route to another car crash site when a driver of a Dodge Challenger hit a car involved in the first crash on eastbound I-696.

"Preliminary investigation revealed that the driver of a Chevy Equinox initially crashed into a Dodge Caliber which caused the Caliber to rollover. The Equinox came to a rest in the middle of the freeway," MSP F/Lt. Mike Shaw said Sunday.

After the accident, the Equinox driver exited the vehicle and checked on the driver in the Caliber, MSP said.

According to police, witnesses at the scene said a Dodge Challenger, driving at speeds of over 100 mph, struck the Equinox after the driver exited the vehicle.

"Due to the impact the Equinox was cut in half by the Challenger. A section of the Equinox caught fire and the Challenger caught fire as well," Shaw said.

Michigan State Police

The driver of the Challenger, a 19-year-old male, sustained a head injury. He was taken to a local hospital and is currently listed in serious condition.

After sustaining chest injuries, the front seat passenger of the Challenger was transported to the hospital and is listed in critical condition. A passenger seated in the rear of the Challenger sustained injuries to the ribs and was taken to a local hospital. They are currently listed in serious condition. The driver of the Caliber sustained a minor injury to the chin during the first crash.

No other injuries were reported.

Michigan State Police

"There is no reason to drive faster than the posted speed limit. We continue to see more drivers hurt or killed due to risky driving behaviors, especially excessive speed. Hopefully these two crashes won’t result in another preventable death," Shaw said.

An investigation is ongoing.

This story was originally published by Alisha Dixon at Scripps News Detroit.