MSP: Deadly crash on I-94 near Benton Harbor


BENTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — At least one person was killed in a crash that snarled both directions of I-94 near Benton Harbor for hours Friday.

The crash happened in the eastbound lanes near the I-196 interchange in Benton Township, Michigan State Police tweeted.

While details about what happened are limited, MSP did say a semi-truck was involved. There is a construction zone in the area of the crash.

MSP said the wreck caused a massive traffic backup stretching for miles in both the east and westbound lanes. Drivers were advised to find a different route.

Shortly before 5:30 p.m. the scene was cleared and both eastbound and westbound were reopened, MSP said.

Earlier, while the westbound lanes were still blocked at the site the the crash, crews had directed eastbound drivers on the other side across the median and into the westbound lanes to go back the way they came.

Photos sent to News 8 by driver Jeremy Pettenger, who said his car had been at a standstill for two hours, showed some people out of their cars and speaking to one another in the highway.

“Lots of people have been getting out of their cars, stretch, talk to other people, sitting on the concrete barriers along the construction area, just trying to get some information,” Pettenger, who was bound for Indianapolis, told News 8 over the phone.

He said he heard from other drivers that he may be stuck for a few more hours, so he was settling in for a long wait.

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