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Crash involving Michigan parade vehicle leaves 1 dead, 9 injured

Crash involving Michigan parade vehicle leaves 1 dead, 9 injured

An 80-year-old Michigan woman died and nine others were injured after a collision between a car and a parade vehicle roughly 60 miles outside Detroit, police said.

Jeanette Rumptz of Metamora was driving on Turrill Road in Lapeer Township about 10 a.m. when her car was struck by a novelty vehicle that was scheduled to appear in a parade later Saturday, according to a news release from the Lapeer County Sheriff's Office.

Rumptz was broadsided by the vehicle, a truck that was designed as a parade float, and died at the scene.

Seven people were launched from the back of the truck, which was open and did not have safety restraints, police said. Two adults remain hospitalized in serious condition, police said.

Two children were also treated for injuries in the crash, but both were released from hospitals Saturday.

The vehicle was traveling toward the parade, but the accident did not happen along the parade route, police said. Speed and alcohol were ruled out as factors in the crash, they said. 

It appears Rumptz was making a left turn after waiting at a stop sign before she was struck by the parade vehicle, police said.

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