Police: 'Catastrophic' I-94 crash prevented, thanks to cable barrier

PAW PAW TOWNSHIP, MICH. - The cable barrier running parallel to I-94 is credited for preventing a crash from becoming more serious Monday afternoon.

Van Buren County Sheriff's Department deputies responded around 12:50 p.m. to an area of I-94 just east of the 41st Street overpass on a report of a semi-truck crash, according to a news release. 

Police found the westbound semi-truck embedded into the barrier. About 45 posts were either hit or destroyed by the truck and if it wasn't for the barrier, the truck likely would have entered the eastbound lanes and resulted in a "catastrophic" crash.

Its driver has been identified as 37-year-old Lane Halter from Canton, Ohio; police say he had fallen asleep at the wheel. 

He was not hurt in the crash and was cited for careless driving. 

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