BERRIEN COUNTY, Mich. — Several law enforcement agencies spent Monday morning cleaning up several pileups along I-94 between Stevensville and Niles Avenue. Police said many of the crashes involved semi-trucks speeding on icy roads, including the crash near John Beers Road where they shut down the highway for hours.
“One semi lost control and hit the cable barrier and then came back across the highway and was struck by another semi,” said Patrolman Curtis Wolff with the Lincoln Township Police Department. “Then they careened off the road.”
Wolff said no one was injured in the crash but the semi’s trailers were demolished. One of them was carrying lift trucks, which scattered all over the highway including a swamp nearby.
“It’s January in Michigan, anytime there’s snow you’re going to have icy road conditions,” said Wolff. “Traffic was pretty heavy and then when it started to back up people just weren’t paying attention.”
Police rerouted traffic to Red Arrow Highway, he said. The crashes occurred over a six-mile stretch on I-94. All of which stemmed from people driving too fast on slick roads and not giving themselves enough space to break .
“Everybody needs to just slow way down,” said Wolff. “It’s better to get there a little bit late then to not get there at all.”