Interstate 94 shut down in Calhoun County after fiery fatal crash involving semi trailers


    A fiery crash in the westbound lanes of I-94 at 11 Mile Road in Emmett Township shut down the interstate Thursday morning. (WWMT/Jessica Wheeler)

    CALHOUN COUNTY, Mich. - Both the westbound and eastbound lanes of I-94 in Calhoun County were shut down early Thursday morning for a fiery fatal crash involving two semis.

    Calhoun County dispatch confirmed to Newschannel 3, the highway was shut down in both directions around 1 a.m. Thursday at 11 Mile Road (104 mile marker) in Emmett Township. The eastbound lane closure was temporary, and all eastbound lanes were reopened before 2:30 a.m.

    A fiery crash in the westbound lanes of I-94 at 11 Mile Road in Emmett Township shut down the interstate Thursday morning. (WWMT/Jessica Wheeler)

    Dispatchers said two semis were involved in what appeared to be a rear-end collision, and then one semi caught fire. Michigan State Police confirmed one 47-year-old driver was killed in the crash, the other driver was not hurt.

    Witnesses told Newschannel 3 they heard what sounded like multiple explosions in the area at the time of the crash, but authorities could not confirm if there were any explosions.


    Michigan State Police said back-up traffic was cleared off the highway but crash reconstruction was underway. I-94 will be closed for several hours.

    The Michigan State Police Marshall Post, Emmett Township Fire and Public Safety departments, Marshall Fire Department, Newton Fire Department, Calhoun County Sheriff's Office and the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi Tribal Police all responded to the crash.

    This is a developing story.

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