A South Lyon man injured in a serious crash involving a semi has a long road to recovery.

The 26-year-old man is recuperating following the August 28th crash at Grand River and South Hill Road. Authorities said the man was traveling westbound on Grand River in a 2013 Chevy Silverado when his vehicle rear-ended a stopped, 2002 Freightliner tractor-trailer that was attempting to turn left into a private business.

The Lyon Township Fire Department reported that luckily, a Huron Valley Ambulance crew was there when it happened and was able to start patient care before the fire department arrived on scene. The South Lyon man was pinned inside the vehicle and had to be extricated before being airlifted to a hospital in critical condition, where he underwent emergency surgery. He is now out of critical condition.

Lyon Township Assistant Fire Chief Doug Berry confirmed the man underwent surgery and is off of life support, but will have many more surgeries to come. The driver of the Freightliner, a 46-year-old Redford Township resident, was not injured.

At the time, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office reported the South Lyon man was not wearing a seat belt and that alcohol did not appear to have been a factor but the crash and circumstances were investigation. An update is being sought. Photo: Lyon Township Fire Dept. (JM)