UPDATE: US 127 crash investigation reveals teens were driving recklessly
Police are trying to figure out what caused a car accident Sunday in Liberty Twp. that killed a three-year-old and left another child in serious condition.
It happened around 4:45 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 26.
Police say that a minivan was pulling out of a private drive to head north on U.S. 127 when it was rear ended by a car traveling at a high rate of speed.
The van with the toddlers in it then rolled over multiple times.
The car was reportedly seen passing cars on the shoulder of the road and speeding prior to hitting the minivan.
Many witnesses stopped to provide aid to those injured.
The two adults in the van were treated and released from Henry Ford Allegiance Hospital for minor injuries.
The 3-year-old was ejected from the van and was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
A second 3-year-old was taken by life flight to U of M hospital in Ann Arbor.
As for the driver and passenger in the car that struck the van, they too had minor injuries and were taken to Allegiance.
The driver, an 18-year-old from Jackson, suffered minor injuries. The passenger, also 18 years old, was treated for unknown injuries.
Michigan State Police said that incidents like these are reminders to obey the rules of the road and make sure everyone is properly restrained in the car.
First Lt. Kevin Rod says that crashes like this are painful for everyone.
"It's a tragic incident. Any time there is a loss of life in these events, its tragic. For the families, and even for the officers involved. Its a struggle to handle these type of calls," he said.
The driver that struck the van could face charges, but police say the investigation is still ongoing.
The names of those involved in the accident have not been released but police are saying that all involved in the crash were from Jackson.