I-94 closed during commute in Hartford for multiple overturned semi trucks, slide-offs

(WWMT/Jason Puhr)

UPDATE (7 a.m.) : All westbound lanes of I-94 are now back open in Hartford four hours after four semi trucks overturned on the slippery highway.


HARTFORD, Mich. - A portion of I-94 is shut down Wednesday morning after four semis overturn on the highway in Van Buren County.

Dispatchers confirm to Newschannel 3 the westbound lanes of I-94 at exit 46 in Hartford are closed as of 3 a.m. Wednesday.

The Van Buren County Sheriff's Office said at least four semi trucks and a few other cars slid off the road in the very slick conditions. At least one of the trucks had a fuel leak, according to dispatchers.

Deputies tell us no one was hurt but there is some damage. MDOT was forced to cut the cable barrier along the highway because one of the semi trucks was tangled in it, according to Sgt. Casey Davis.

The highway could be closed a few hours while crews get the semis back upright and clean up the mess.

Deputies said it is important to remember to slow down when the snow starts falling, because conditions can change very quickly.

"Once you see the road start to snow up or ice over, slow your speed," said Sgt. Davis. "If you see any emergency vehicles on the side of the road, also slow down dramatically."

Newschannel 3 has a crew on scene. Check back here for updates.

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