Helping car accident victims is best done away from scene


A scary situation turns worse when a driver attempts to help a man in the middle of I-496 and causes a chain reaction of collisions.

A Lansing man is in critical condition after losing control and getting ejected from his car on I-496 just before 1 in the morning, but his injuries were likely intensified after a hopeful good Samaritan stopped his car to help. That second car was then rear-ended by an oncoming third vehicle, with the collision finally coming to a rest on top of the ejected victim.

Sgt. Leith Curtis with Lansing Police says, if you see a roadway accident and you decide to help, your safety needs must be met first.

“We ask for anyone that is going to pull over to become a witness to this, pull over at least 100 feet away from the scene, that way you are not directly involved with the scene itself.”

 Then, once parked in a safe spot, turn your hazard lights on, stay in the car, and then call 9-1-1. Sgt. Leith says, provide the dispatcher detailed information to help determine the right responding personnel.

“It’s really more important to get first responders there first, so if they can be a better witness and provide the information from a distance it would make out jobs a lot easier than to have to deal with a secondary accident.”

There was a female passenger in the second vehicle that was rear-ended who got injured, but it was non-life threatening. All four occupants of the third vehicle reported no injuries.

The investigation into the crash is still underway.

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