Oakland County chief suffers broken bones in crash

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Oakland County's top elected official suffered several broken bones and a gash to his scalp when the car he was riding in collided with another vehicle in Auburn Hills, north of Detroit.

A doctor at McLaren Health Center in Pontiac said during a news conference Friday night that county executive L. Brooks Patterson was undergoing surgery.

The Detroit Free Press reports Patterson had two broken wrists and a broken leg.

Police say Patterson's county-issued Chrysler hit a Volkswagen about 4 p.m. at an intersection. The Volkswagen is believed to have turned in front of Patterson's car. The crash is under investigation.

Patterson was being driven by a state police trooper. His driver and two men in the Volkswagen also were injured. None of the injuries are believed to be life-threatening.

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