RICHLAND TOWNSHIP – Two young men can credit their lives to the quick action of some passing good Samaritans shortly before their car exploded after an accident Saturday.
According to Michigan State Police Lakeview Post, a 1990 Mazda, driven by an 18-year-old male from Stanton, was traveling southbound on Douglas Road when he drove through a stop sign at M-46.
He stuck an eastbound 2000 Dodge Caravan driven by 52-year-old woman from Marlette, who was traveling with her 2-year-old granddaughter in the backseat.
The Stanton driver and his 18-year-old male passenger, also from Stanton, were pulled from their car by good Samaritans who came upon the crash before police or rescue personnel arrived.
Shortly after the teens were pulled from the car, it exploded and burned.
The teenagers were transported to Sparrow Hospital in Lansing and St. Mary’s Hospital in Saginaw, while the Marlette woman was flown to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids. Their conditions are unknown at this time.
The 2-year-old passenger in the minivan had minor injuries and was turned over to her mother at the scene.
Richland Township, Home Township and Day Township fire departments responded to the burning vehicle and assisted at the scene.