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M-DOT stumped by rash of crashes along I-94
KALAMAZOO COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A serious crash along I-94 on Thursday has left one person in critical condition, and nearly two dozen more injured.
Deputies say around 10:00 a.m. Thursday, a Chicago-bound Greyhound bus hit the back of a semi-truck near the Climax exit on westbound I-94.
48 passengers were on board.
Right now, 21 passengers are recovering from their injuries, including the driver.
The person in critical condition was sitting in the front seat at the time of the crash.
It's a stretch of road that has certainly seen its share of crashes.
"Anecdotally, it certainly seems to be hot spot, but there's nothing inherent in the road design that lends itself to any kind of safety concerns," said M-DOT spokesman Nick Schirripa of the strech of I-94.
That hasn't stopped M-DOT from looking, however.
"We've really looked at that spot up one way and down the other," Schirripa said. "We've looked at lane width, road width, shoulder and barrier width, median height and width; we've looked at hills and curves."
But with nothing seemingly wrong, the best answer seems to be driver behavior.
"There's a tunnel effect between the trees growing up on the opposite side of the freeway as well as that concrete wall in the middle," Schirripa said.
M-DOT says that creates the perception of a tunnel, causing drivers to subconsciously slow down, which could lead to rear-end crashes like Thursday's--or one last summer, where a 22-year-old motorcyclist was killed after colliding with the back of a pickup truck.
At this point, though, the agency isn't sure what to do.
"We're really at a loss. We're befuddled ourselves," Schirripa said.
They do say they are not going to stop watching the area.
"We'll keep our eye on it," Schirripa said. "Maybe something will come down the line, some new innovation will come along and will trigger something that we can make a change."
For now, M-DOT says the best solution is for drivers to pay attention.
The crash remains under investigation.