First responders call crash on Michigan highway that killed 4 'worst they've ever seen'

(WXYZ) - Some first responders say a fatal crash on a Michigan highway that killed four people may be the worst they've ever seen.

"Just the amount of carnage, I guess, involved in this crash, it kind of set a lot of people back," said Michigan State Police Lt. Mike Shaw.

Police were called to the scene in the eastbound lanes of I-94 at 8 Mile, the border of Harper Woods and St. Clair Shores, at 1:05 a.m. Monday.

Police told 10News' sister station in Detroit, WXYZ, a Buick SUV carrying five people was found mangled and crushed on the right embankment of the highway.

Shaw said the driver, 20-year-old Doreal Rogers, and front seat passenger Alesia Maddox, 20, were found dead inside the car. They were not wearing seatbelts, Shaw said.

Shaw added the victims were not ejected from the car because the impact of the crash pinned their bodies inside.

The two passengers in the back of the SUV, 18-year-old Armonie Maddox and 18-year-old Ervin Johnson, were ejected from the car and died at the scene. They were also not wearing seat belts.

Shaw said Armonie and Alesia are brother and sister.

Alesia's son, who just turned one-year-old on Saturday, is the only survivor and was the only person with a seat belt on, although Shaw said he was improperly buckled into a car seat.

"It wasn't the right age, it wasn't the right fit, it wasn't the right anything and still saved this kid's life," said Shaw.

John Wade, who helped call 911, was also driving down I-94 and witnessed the moments before the crash.

"Out of nowhere the car came flying down the side of us, doing about 80," Wade said.

He said the SUV swerved across three lanes then hit the 8 Mile overpass bridge.

"It hit the wall, hit the wall hard and it just spun out of control," explained Wade.

Wade said his father helped rescue the baby boy from the car.

"The baby was in a car seat. That's the only thing that probably saved the baby was the car seat," said Wade.

Investigators say the four victims are all from Detroit. They have spoken with family but do not know why the four were driving at 1:00 a.m.

Police suspect speed was a factor in the crash but are still working to determine the exact cause.

The toddler was checked out at a hospital for minor injuries, and Shaw said he will be sent home with family.
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