MATTAWAN, Mich. – One person from Chicago is dead and two others were seriously hurt in a chain-reaction crash along I-94 in Van Buren County Friday afternoon.
The crash happened at about 1:30pm near exit 66, which is Mattawan.
Michigan State Police say that traffic on eastbound I-94 was slowed or stopped due to a grass fire in the median of the highway. A semi-truck driven by a 51-year-old Nevada man rear-ended a black Cadillac driven by a couple from Chicago. The force of that collision pushed the Cadillac into a Pontiac Grand Am driven by a woman from Paw Paw. The semi also swerved into the right lane and rear-ended another semi driven by a Coopersville man.
The driver of the Cadillac from Chicago was pronounced dead at Bronson Lakeview Hospital in Paw Paw. The passenger in the Cadillac and the truck driver from Nevada are in serious condition. Police refer to the truck driver from Nevada as at-fault.
The crash is still under investigation.