Massive pile-up on I-94; 1 dead, several others injured

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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.


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      • Jeff

        I’m a semi driver, & I see on a regular basis of people constantly cutting off semi’s. 1st if you can’t see the headlights or steer tires in rear view mirror you’re too close! 2ndly in winter conditions nobody should drive fast. Even if you’re in a 4-WD/AWD you STILL need to STOP & if you’re going too fast, you’ll be in just as much danger as everyone else. Don’t be stupid. We need a lot of space to stop & if you cut us off, & we have to slam on our breaks, sometimes it’s not enough & you’ll end up dead. There’s no coming back from dead.

        • Jeff

          To be honest, i feel that everyone should learn how to drive a semi, & drive OTR for at least 1 year. once this happens, people will naturally become better drivers as you learn just how much goes into truck driving. Accidents will become a whole lot less. ….though there are those morons out there, that will still act like nothing is going to hurt them. ….I have an awesome idea for Illinois to make a crap load of revenue to fix roads & such. Put up red light cams on the highways for speed detection. Anyone going more than 7 over receives a ticket for the conditions of that stretch of road. … I don’t understand why you feel you need to drive 15+ over posted speed, even in construction zones. ….maybe you should have left earlier to allow more time to arrive on time.

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