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Rush Hour Rollover Jams Orchard Lake Road; No One Seriously Hurt

West Bloomfield Fire Department reports minor injuries to drivers of two vehicles involved.

Traffic was slowed to one lane both ways on Orchard Lake Road on Wednesday afternoon by a rollover accident in which no major injuries were reported.

Marc Lampcov of West Bloomfield told police he witnessed a Land Rover L3 turning left out of onto Orchard Lake Road, just south of Pontiac Trail, around 3:45 p.m. when it was struck by a Honda Element traveling south.

"I was headed north to pick up my kid from Keith (Elementary School), and saw that Land Rover just pull out too quickly," Lampcov said. "I stopped because he came out so fast. There wasn't any screeching tires, just impact."

Orchard Lake Police Sergeant Mark Reigler said that the driver of the Land Rover, whom he described as a teenager with a passenger in the car, was ticketed. According to WBFD shift commander Mike Watson, the driver of the Element, also with one passenger, refused medical transport.

Traffic was stopped for about 30 minutes as the Land Rover was uprighted. Several school buses were diverted through the Starbucks parking lot in order to get through. Traffic returned to normal about 4:15 p.m.

Dave Henig May 16, 2012 at 09:35 PM
That area is always an iffy situation! I avoid it as much as possible.
uknowimright May 17, 2012 at 05:17 AM
Doesn't help that there are too many unobservant bimbos behind the wheels of over sized, overpriced vehicles who literally pay ZERO attention to where they are going! Prime reason I avoid that area during rush hour. I can't tell you how many times some broad with those darn jackie-O bug eye sunglasses on has pulled out in front of me out of that Starbucks with one hand on a coffee, the other on a cell phone, and probably driving with her knee!
Emilie B. May 17, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Or in this case, as the article clearly states, it was a male teenage driver.

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