Deerfield Twp. — A 42-year-old Troy man was critically injured in a 7:33 a.m. crash involving a Chevrolet Malibu and a garbage truck Wednesday, Jan. 9 on Bennett Lake Road, near Crosby Road in Deerfield Township. 

 Livingston County Sheriff Michael Murphy said Friday morning that the injured man had surgery and has a long recovery ahead of him.

 According to the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO), a 25-year-old Pontiac man was operating the garbage truck and was stopped on Bennett Lakewhile his co-worker, the Troy man, was loading trash into the back of the garbage truck. 

 The Troy man and garbage truck were stuck from behind by the Chevrolet Malibu, driven by an 86-year-old Fenton man. 

 The man that was hit was transported by Survival Flight to Hurley Medical Center in Flint with life-threatening injuries. The two drivers were not injured. 

 Speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors, but seatbelt use remains under investigation. 

 The LCSO responded, as well as the Hartland and Deerfield fire departments, Livingston County EMS and Survival Flight. 

 The crash remains under investigation by the LCSO Traffic Safety Bureau. 

 The LCSO declined to say if the Fenton man was taken into custody or if there could be potential charges or ticket, citing the ongoing investigation.

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