KALAMAZOO and CALHOUN Co. -- More than 120 vehicles were involved in a massive pile-up Friday on both directions of I-94 in Kalamazoo and Calhoun Counties.
A 57-year-old male semi-truck driver, Jean Larocque, from St. Chrysostome, Quebec, Canada, was killed in the crash. Larocque was driving the semi truck that was involved in the crash.
At least 20 other injuries, including two firefighters and a wrecker driver attempting to help at the scene of the crash, were reported.
Six vehicles, including at least two semi-trucks, caught fire during the chain reaction crashes.
A semi-truck carrying hazardous material caused a temporary evacuation while hazmat crews investigated the scene. By 1:10 p.m. the the evacuation order was lifted. Thousands of pounds of fireworks being carried by another semi-truck also ignited.
Several victims involved in the crash have taken shelter in Galesburg Elementary School while the scene is cleared. The highway remains closed in both directions between mile markers 88 and 92 east of Galesburg.
The freeway is expected to be closed for the rest of the day Friday and into Saturday.
Michigan State Police are still investigating the cause of the crash.