Matthew Stafford’s car was in close proximity to a fatal accident this morning, a bizarre twist in a freak and tragic story. The Detroit Lions escaped injury.
The bucket of a hydraulic garbage truck struck a pedestrian bridge on Joy Road at Southfield in Detroit early Friday morning, collapsing it to the ground.
The driver, a man in his 40s, was taken to the hospital by EMS and later pronounced dead, according to Michigan State Polict Lt. Michael Shaw.
In a bizarre twist, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was on the scene mingling with observers after his car was stopped by the bridge collapse.
One of Detroit’s biggest sports stars was quickly — and safely — picked up by a member of the team’s security, a spokesman later confirmed, saying Stafford was uninjured.
A Lions spokesman said Stafford did not see the actual collapse. He was on his way to practice at the team’s facility when the incident occurred.
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[Via CBS Detroit]