At Least 1 Dead in Massive Michigan Pileup

At least one person was killed Friday morning in a major pileup in southwestern Michigan involving more than 150 vehicles, including a semi carrying fireworks that burst into flames.

Both directions of Interstate 94 between the Galesburg and Climax exits were shut down shortly after 10 a.m. after multiple pileups in the eastbound and westbound lanes, according to Michigan State Police Lieutenant Rick Pazder and NBC affiliate station WOODTV.

Pazder said the accident ensnarled 65 semis and 50 cars on the westbound lane and 48 on the eastbound lane. Two semi trucks were on fire, the one carrying fireworks and another carrying Formic Acid, he said.

One semi driver was confirmed dead and 10 people were taken to the hospital, he said. 

The Battle Creek Police Department advised area residents to stay off the roads if possible as snow continues to fall and emergency responders tried to clear several accidents taking place in the area.

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