Vehicle Strikes Green Oak (MI) Fire Chief

A Green Oak Township fire chief working a crash scene was himself transported to an Ann Arbor hospital Friday afternoon after being struck by a car, reports

Undersheriff Michael Murphy said Fire Chief Kevin Gentry was transported by ambulance to the University of Michigan Medical Center where he was admitted and was last listed in stable condition late Friday evening.

Preliminary investigation revealed that Gentry, 46, was on the scene of a three-car minor personal injury crash around 3:15 p.m. on northbound U.S. 23 at the M-36 overpass when he was struck by a 2014 Ford Fiesta being driven by 66-year-old Henry Kraatz, of Howell.

“(Gentry’s) injuries are non-life threatening,” Green Oak Police Chief Jason Pless said.

Pless called in the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department to investigate the incident involving Gentry because his police officers, who also were working the three-car crash, were witnesses.

Murphy said drugs and alcohol do not appear to be factors.

Emergency crews closed northbound U.S. 23 while accident investigators with the Sheriff’s Department’s Traffic Safety Bureau investigated. Traffic was reportedly backed up for miles.

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