Two local men were injured – one seriously, when the vehicle they were in left Riverside Road and struck two trees in the early morning hours of Saturday morning.
Columbia Police Chief David Elwell said that on April 8 at approximately 2:34 a.m. the Columbia police and fire officials were dispatched to the personal injury accident in the 6500 block of Riverside Road. Upon arrival, the occupants of the vehicle were assessed for injuries by Columbia rescue officials with assistance from the Liberty Township Fire Department and Jackson Community Ambulance.
The passenger of the vehicle, Bryan A. Collins, 27, from Clarklake suffered significant injury, said Elwell. Collins was transported to the University of Michigan Medical Center by survival flight for life threatening injures, and was still listed in critical condition Monday afternoon.
The driver of the vehicle, Ryan A. Caryl, 24, of Brooklyn was transported to Henry Ford Allegiance Hospital by Jackson Community Ambulance for serious injuries.
Elwell said the investigation into this crash is ongoing. He said the initial assessment of the crash shows that a 2000 Ford Explorer left the road and struck at least two trees before coming to rest. Alcohol is believed to be a likely factor in this crash.
Columbia Township Police were assisted at the scene by the Napoleon Township Police Department. Also, assisting with the investigation is an accident reconstructionist from the Michigan State Police.