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Airbag saves woman's life


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Almont firefighters clean up at the scene after assisting three people who were hurt in a car/semi-truck collision last Wednesday near the intersection of Van Dyke (M-53) and Hollow Corners Road. Despite appearances, police reported that none of the victims had life-threatening injuries. photo by Tom Wearing.

November 28, 2007
ALMONT TWP. — A motorist traveling south on M-53 around 12:47 p.m. last Wednesday (Nov. 21), collided with a semi-truck exiting Wellington Mfg., resulting in injuries to the 34-year-old female driver and a 22-year-old passenger.

Police said a second passenger, a five-year-old girl, was unhurt. The truck driver, Stephen LeBlanc of London, Ontario, also was not injured. LeBlanc, 47, is an employee of S&E Freight Systems.

Emergency personnel at the scene believe Heather Michelle Barber's vehicle slid on wet pavement as she attempted to avoid hitting the semi-truck. Unable to stop, the front portion of her vehicle slid beneath the undercarriage of the truck.

Almont Police Sgt. Bob Parsell said Barber was transported to Hurley Medical Center for treatment and was released on Friday. However, she was later re-admitted for internal bleeding and her condition was uncertain on Tuesday afternoon.

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Parsell said the outcome of the crash might have been worse had it not been for the deployment of Barber's airbags.

"The weather was terrible at the time of the crash and the pavement was real wet," said Parsell. "She couldn't stop in time. I think the airbags were what saved her life."

In addition to Almont police, the Almont Twp. Fire Dept., Lapeer County Sheriff's Dept., Bruce Twp. Fire Dept., Michigan State Police and Lapeer County EMS responded to the incident.

"We got a lot of help from other police and emergency services at the scene," Parsell added.

Staff Writer
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