Authorities from Michigan State Police have released details on a fatal truck accident that involved 170 vehicles and resulted in the closure of both sides of Interstate 94 at Galesburg, MI - just between Battle Creek and Kalamazoo.
According to sources, while the name of the deceased trucker has yet to be released, it has been confirmed that he was employed by a Quebec based transport company.
More than 10 other drivers have also been taken to hospital after sustaining injuries in the collision, with witnesses having reported that another truck that was involved in the pile up was transporting more than 18,000 kg of fireworks, which caught fire and exploded on the roadway.
As a precaution, hazardous material handling specialists were sent to the scene by authorities to monitor the situation and the status of another truck that was reportedly carrying formic acid.
For more than five hours Police evacuated the area as a precaution however, a recent update has advised that the evacuation order has now been lifted.
It's believed that the collision started at approximately 10 am in the eastbound lanes of the interstate, which was most likely instigated by "Lake Effect" weather conditions that included:
- Blowing snow
- Icy roads
- Reduced visibility
- Excessive wind
The investigation continues. Be sure to check back at www.gregmonforton.com for developments.
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