At least 1 dead in pileup of over 100 vehicles on Michigan interstate
A massive pile up on a highway in Michigan leaves at least one person dead and an unknown amount of people injured.
Image of I-94 fiery pileup near Galesburg from @phojochris, MSP calling for 3 mile evacuation radius from MM90 @FOX17 http://t.co/ZBM7O6YXUA
At least 1 killed in wreck involving more than 100 vehicles on I-94 near Galesburg http://t.co/OrxKg26S2h http://t.co/BSY3kfqNbR
Residents who live near I-94 pile-up near Galesburg being evacuated; Hazmat crews on scene: http://t.co/h41drsjyNm http://t.co/pq6uoOm7Kj
115-vehicle pileup closes I-94 near Battle Creek, Michigan; at least 1 killed http://t.co/NpTp5rBqvg @WOODTV http://t.co/JTouPyJlDr
WOOD TV is reporting that 1 person is dead after 90-vehicle pileup on I-94 near Battle Creek. http://t.co/pDjKAJLXk9 http://t.co/BJwRX0ms2i
Developing: (@WOODTV) reports 100+ vehicles involved in mass pileup in western #MI on I-94 http://t.co/NZQOZqRiM7 http://t.co/mblSAbT08q
One dead in huge smashup on I-94 near Galesburg http://t.co/hTs3V3nn4q http://t.co/cc9ikGmnej
Numerous semis involved in wreck on I-94 near Galesburg. Road closed in both directions http://t.co/aQ4CBOpUvt
Deadly multiple vehicle fiery pileup shuts down I-94 near Galesburg in #Kalamazoo Co. @FOX17 http://t.co/spS0qu5j9S
Theres a Semi full of fireworks on fire near Galesburg, Mi. Is it bad that I want 2 be there 2 see this? #NoInjuries http://t.co/WhBJbex9vS
Incredible amount of semi trucks involved in 90 vehicle pile up on 94 E and W near Galesburg @wzzm13 http://t.co/ZNYGQEmwdp
More than 50 semis involved in fatal I-94 crash http://t.co/OrxKg26S2h http://t.co/hzbJYc977s
Unbelievable video: Watch fireworks explode as semi burns after massive I-94 accident http://t.co/aD3a4rjbcB http://t.co/dA2p3ostDd
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GALESBURG, Mich. (AP) -- More than 100 vehicles were involved in pileups on a snowy Michigan interstate on Friday, killing a trucker and igniting fires on semis carrying fireworks and acid, police said.
Snow, wind and poor visibility were blamed for the chain reaction of crashes on both sides of Interstate 94 in Kalamazoo County, 150 miles east of Chicago. The interstate wasn't expected to reopen until late Friday or Saturday.
"As you can imagine, it's not easy to count vehicles as they pile up," said Michigan State Police Lt. Rick Pazder, who pegged the number at 123.
Police urged everyone within a 3-mile radius to evacuate the rural area, but that order was lifted by early afternoon once all hazardous materials on the trucks had burned off.
A trucker from Ottawa, Canada, was killed and at least 23 people with injuries were taken to hospitals in Battle Creek and Kalamazoo, Pazder said. Motorists who were not injured were taken by bus to warming centers.
The crashes were reported between mile markers 88 and 92, near Galesburg.
Elsewhere in Michigan, weather-related crashes closed major roads in Monroe, Saginaw, Kent and Genesee counties.