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Stockbridge woman injured in suspected alcohol-related crash early Saturday

An Ingham County woman was seriously injured in a crash early Saturday in Unadilla Township.

Deputies with the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the Putnam Township area at about 2 a.m. on the report of a single vehicle crash from a 911 caller from Oakland County who said that he was on the telephone with his girlfriend when it sounded like she had crashed and became unresponsive.

After thoroughly searching the area, at approximately 3 a.m. deputies were able to locate the vehicle and driver that had crashed on M-36 near Barton Road in Unadilla Township.

A preliminary investigation indicated that the lone occupant and driver, a 23 year old female from Stockbridge, was eastbound on M-36 in a 2015 Chevrolet Cruze when she failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway.  The vehicle left the roadway to the right and crashed into a water and ice filled drainage ditch below the roadway, making it difficult to locate.

After significant extrication the driver was airlifted to the University of Michigan Hospital by Survival Flight with life threatening injuries.

Speed and alcohol appear to be factors in the crash.

Deputies were assisted at the scene by personnel from Unadilla Fire, Putnam Fire, Livingston County EMS, Pinckney Police and Michigan State Police.  This incident remains under investigation by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Safety Bureau.

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