VAN BUREN COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) - One person is dead and three others suffered life threatening injuries after a series of accidents on I-94 near Hartford involving at least 65 vehicles. Michigan State Police Public Information Officer Mindy Logan says the first crash happened in the Eastbound lanes around 2:00 p.m. Sunday. There were eight cars and a semi involved in that crash. No serious injuries were reported from any of those involved.
That crash and low visibility caused traffic to back up. Logan says about one quarter mile behind that crash, two semis collided with each other. That sparked a 44 car accident, six of those vehicles were semis. This accident resulted in the death and life threatening injuries. Earlier reports said two people died, but paramedics were able to revive one of them patients, that person is in critical condition.
During the same time 12 vehicles including six semis were involved in a third crash. Logan says there were also a number of other accidents involving one or two cars.
There were 11 people taken to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries, including a Van Buren County deputy suffered hit while assisting a driver with a broken leg. A Hartford officer was helping another driver when his patrol car was hit and damaged.
The crashes closed I-94 in both directions, for nearly six hours, it did not re-open until shortly after 8:00 p.m.