Driver sought after car crash, fire

MARSHALL TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities in Calhoun County are looking for the person who ran away after their car crashed and caught fire near Marshall.

The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office says its deputies responded around 12:45 a.m. Sunday to the single-vehicle crash on I-69 near I-94 in Marshall Township. It says the car crossed two different medians and hit two guardrails before coming to a stop.

The deputies who arrived on the scene found the car on fire. They tried to put it out with fire extinguishers, but it was too big. The Marshall Township Fire Department soon responded and doused the fire.

Witnesses told deputies that the driver took off on foot after the crash, going through a swampy area. The deputies called in a Battle Creek Police Department K-9 unit to track the driver and followed the trail for about a mile before the dog lost the scent. As of Sunday evening, the driver had not been found.

Investigators think alcohol may have been involved in the crash and they want to find the driver.

Anyone with information can call the sheriff’s office at 269.781.0880.

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