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UPDATE - 2 dead in I-94 multi-vehicle accident

Posted: 12:49 PM, Nov 01, 2016
Updated: 2016-11-01 18:15:20-04

UPDATE: All lanes of Eastbound I-94 at Parma Road are now open after two earlier accidents on the highway.

Michigan State Police say while traffic was backed up from a prior accident on Westbound I-94 near Parma Road, a semi truck rear-ended a passenger vehicle, causing a chain reaction crash that involved five vehicles.

Police have confirmed with us that two people in the vehicle that was rear-ended by the semi have died after their vehicle caught fire. The driver of the semi was taken to U of M hospital in critical condition. Two other people with minor injuries were transported to Allegiance Hospital in Jackson.

Westbound I-94 remains closed as cleanup and accident investigation continues.

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Two crashes involving multiple vehicles have shutdown westbound I-94 at Exit 133 and blocked the left lane of eastbound I-94 at Exit 130 west of Jackson between Parma and Dearing Road.

The first crash was called in at 10:51 AM as a crash involving a semi and a vehicle that caused minor injuries. An SUV rear-ended a semi truck on westbound I-94 at mile marker 130.

A second crash was called in around 11:12 AM, while emergency crews were still working at the scene of the first accident. Police think that the backup from the first crash may have led to the second crash.

First responders from multiple departments have been called to the scene.

The Jackson Fire Department tell us that several vehicles caught on fire in the second crash  and that there are possible fatalities involved.

We are headed to the scene and will have updates as more information becomes available.