Mass evacuation after 150-car pileup in Michigan

Semi with fireworks exploding on I 94 east of Galesburg Michigan.
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Semi with fireworks exploding on I 94 east of Galesburg Michigan.

Michigan State Police have confirmed that at least one person was killed in a multiple vehicle pileup on I-94 near Galesburg, Michigan.

State police told NBC News that there were 150 cars involved in the wreck; 65 semis and 50 cars were in the westbound lanes and 48 vehicles were east bound.

Currently, hazmat officials are asking for a 3-mile evacuation radius near the 90 mile maker. A semi that was transporting Formic Acid caught fire as well as one that was carrying fireworks.


Hypothermia continues to be a concern for emergency responders and those injured in the wreck. Drivers without injuries have been bused to Galesburg-Augusta Primary School.

Ten people have been taken to hospitals thus far; 4 were transported to the Bronson hospital in Kalamazoo and 6 were brought to the Bronson hospital in Battle Creek.

A car is on fire after a 40-vehicle pileup on I-94 between Battle Creek and Galesburg, Mich., Jan. 9, 2015.
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A car is on fire after a 40-vehicle pileup on I-94 between Battle Creek and Galesburg, Mich., Jan. 9, 2015.

Local police are still trying to determine how the crash began, but inclement weather was most likely a factor. The highway will be shut down in both directions for at least 12 hours according to Rick Pazder, a Lieutenant with the Michigan state police.

This story is developing. Please check back for further updates.