Yet another deadly crash has occurred on Interstate 94 this week. This time, it was on the westbound lanes at about 1am when the crash took place. Both Westbound lanes were shutdown near 11 mile Road or exit 104 while the police conducted a crash scene investigation.
According to authorities, the accident involved two semi-trucks. While there is very little information regarding how it happened, its believed to be a simple rear-end collision while traffic was merging. 1 driver was killed and the other driver was left with no injuries whatsoever.
Emmet Public Safety released a statement on their facebook page which stated the DPS are on the scene and they had to close all WB lanes west of 11 mile because the trucks were blocking all ones. They also suggested to avoid the area if at all possible.
This accident highlights the dangers of Interstate 94 near Battle Creek and Kalamazoo. It seems like there are some major issues which make it inherently more dangerous than the other surrounding areas, especially in the winter. It was mentioned this accident happened during merging. From my observations on this highway, the merge lanes are simply too short and don’t allow enough time for vehicles to increase speed to a reasonable level. This causes issues because slow vehicles on the on-ramp causes traffic in the right line to move over or make room. This is where the chaos happens when the highway is jammed with traffic and a high number of semi-trucks are on the road.
Anyways, we will keep you updated this weekend. Most of Michigan and Battle Creek is currently under a winter storm advisory, so take extra precaution when driving on snow-covered roads this weekend!