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Driver killed in I-94 pileup identified by police

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VAN BUREN COUNTY, Mich. — Michigan State Police continue to investigate the fatal pileup involving 50 vehicles Sunday along I-94.

The initial chain-reaction crash happened in the eastbound lanes at about 2 p.m. near the 45 mile marker in the Hartford area, according to a release.  It involved 42 vehicles, including five semi-trucks.

About 10 minutes after that pile-up, five other crashes happened along westbound I-94 near 62nd Street, according to a release.   Eight vehicles, including four semi-trucks, were involved in those crashes.

Carol Griesemer, 72, of Northville, was killed in the eastbound crash.  Three people were critically injured and 12 others sustained non-life threatening injuries in the crashes, according to Michigan State Police.

One of the people who was injured was Van Buren County Deputy Loren Tarner.  He was struck by a semi-truck while trying to help others who were pinned in a vehicle.   His injuries were non-life threatening.

According to Michigan State Police, the pileup remains under investigation and when it’s complete it will be forwarded to the Van Buren County Prosecutor’s office for potential charges.


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