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Two Accidents, Fire Close US 127

UPDATE: A pair of accidents causes officials to shutdown northbound and southbound lanes for nearly two hours on US 127 just south of Barnes Road near Covert Road in Leslie Township Saturday evening.

The first accident happened just before 5:00 pm when the driver of an SUV hauling a camper traveling northbound on 127 noticed the camper caught fire. The driver pulled over to the side of the road to unhook the camper. Shortly after that, a propane tank inside the camper exploded. Ingham County Sheriff's deputies say the fire was so hot, it melted part of the road and burnt the camper to a crisp. The SUV was not damaged. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Luckily, no one was hurt.

However, across the highway, an elderly couple traveling southbound in a Pontiac Sunfire slowed down significantly to look at the fire. That's when the driver, 76-year-old Richard McCarrick of Lansing got rear-ended and his car was sent down a ditch, through a fence, across a side street, and into a power pole. He was air lifted to Sparrow Hospital in critical condition with life-threatening injuries. His passenger, 62-year-old Elodia McCarrick of Lansing was taken to the hospital by ambulance and is in stable condition. The two were hit by a 22-year-old man from Parma driving a Chevrolet Tahoe who had a three-year-old girl in the back seat. Neither the man or his young passenger were injured.

Michigan State Police and Ingham County Sheriff's deputies are investigating the accidents. Officials are asking anyone who witnessed the crash to contact MSP's Lansing Post at 517-322-1907.

UPDATE: A pair of accidents and a fire have shut down U.S. 127 in both directions. The first accident happened around 4:30 p.m. near Barnes Road. 6 News reporter Emerald Morrow is on the scene and says a camper ran off the road and flipped over. That accident apparently sparked a grass fire. The accident and fire forced police to close at least part of the road while they tended to the accident and put the fire out. But the first accident apparently triggered a second accident. Someone who was passing by the scene went off the road and crashed into a telephone pole. That second accident prompted officials to close the road so they could fly in a chopper to attend to someone in that car. Emerald remains on the scene and will have a live report coming up tonight on 6 News at 6.

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