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Two drivers were seriously injured in a storm in Highland Township after a tree fell

HIGHLAND TWP. — A tree that fell Wednesday as storms swept through the township and southeastern Michigan struck two vehicles, seriously injuring both drivers.

The incident occurred shortly before 3 p.m. on South Duck Lake Road, south of Livingston Road, when the storm caused a large tree to fall on the west side of the road, according to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office.

The tree first struck a 2015 Hino box truck, contracted to the U.S. Postal Service, that was being driven south on Duck Lake Road by a 35-year-old man from Columbus, Ohio. The truck then drove off the west side of the road and struck trees.

The tree then struck the roof of a 2018 Ford F-150 pickup driven by a 23-year-old Highland Township man.

Paramedics from the Highland Township Fire Department transported both men to area hospitals, where they were in critical condition Thursday afternoon. Both men appeared to be wearing seat belts at the time of the crash and alcohol did not appear to be a factor, the news release said.

The incident is still under investigation.

The storms strengthened to tornado levels as they reached Livonia around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, felling a tree that landed on a Livonia home and killing a little boy and injuring his mother. A gofundme campaign has been set up to help the family in the aftermath of the tragedy.

Contact reporter Susan Bromley at [email protected] or 517-281-2412.