GALESBURG, Mich. (WOOD) - A man killed in a motorcycle crash that shut down a portion of eastbound I-94 for hours had just left his own engagement party, the Kalamazoo Gazette reports.
It happened just before 8 p.m. at mile marker 90 on eastbound I-94 near 44th Street. Video sent in to 24 Hour News 8 via ReportIt appears to show that at least one motorcycle and one pickup truck was involved.
Michigan State Police confirmed to 24 Hour News 8 that one person was killed, but could not confirm further details.
The Kalamazoo Gazette is reporting 22-year-old Randall Wood had just left his engagement party and was riding alongside his father when the two of them slammed into a pickup truck driven by his mother. She had stopped for a backup.
Wood's fiancee was in the van ahead of that pickup.
The Gazette reported the family tried to save Wood at the scene.
His father was taken to a hospital, and has since been released, the Gazette reported.
All lanes of eastbound I-94 were closed as emergency crews were on the scene.
For about two hours, eastbound traffic was backed up for miles to Exit 85 at Galesburg, according to a 24 Hour News 8 crew on the scene. Authorities were redirecting traffic off the highway at Exit 88 to 40th Street.
The highway reopened just before 10:20 p.m. Traffic is expected to be moving normally by 11 p.m.
Michigan State Police said that there were other crashes in the area, but there is no evidence that they are connected.
--Video courtesy Jamie Staubli via ReportIt.--
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