A crash involving more than 100 vehicles on Interstate 94 has shut down both sides of the highway and left at least one person dead.
The accident happened west of Battle Creek, Michigan.
The highway is shut down between the Galesburg and Climax exits (or exits 88 and 92, or mile markers 85 and 92).
Four semi-trucks and two cars are on fire, including on that has hazardous materials, prompting an evacuation order for anyone who lives in a three-mile radius from I-94 at the 90 mile marker.
Michigan State Police Lt. Rick Pazder said that one death has been confirmed while a number of injured person have been rushed to area hospitals, reported WOOD-TV.
The area will be closed for the foreseeable future, so people should plan accordingly.
The snowy conditions made seeing difficult, leading to the crash.
Right in front of me the trucks started to go crazy. You couldn’t see a single thing at the time of all the accidents. I was able to pull off and just watch semi after semi and semi and semi hit each other and cars hit each other. I mean people were going full speed ahead,” Micah Stanislowski, who was involved in the crash, told WWMT.
Semi with fireworks exploding on I 94 east of Galesburg Michigan. Unbelievable pic.twitter.com/hfRFg67md0
— Tim Marquardt (@UTM16) January 9, 2015
HAZMAT officials believe dangerous materials in I94 crash have burnt off, people in 1 mile radius should stay indoors pic.twitter.com/88pNmbc1j1
— Producer Will (@Will_Frederick) January 9, 2015
There was a fatal 90+ car accident on i94 by Kalamazoo. Semi truck full of Fireworks exploded. Stay safe today, y’all pic.twitter.com/kPfYqz81U0
— Detroit On Deck (@DetroitOnDeck) January 9, 2015
“I’m getting debris from the fire on my car. I can see the fire now from here. There’s fireworks going off,” said Heather Jackson, who was involved in the pile-up. “As I approached I realized that all the cars were stopped in front of me. I seen some in the ditch and I seen cars behind me coming at me at regular speed and I knew if I didn’t go into the ditch I was going to be hit.”
Three buses were also being sent to the area to help keep stranded passengers and emergency workers warm.
The buses will also in shifts transport people to another location, where they can link up with family or friends.