Illinois man killed in crash on I-94 near Hartford

Van Buren County

HARTFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — One person was killed in a crash on I-94 between Watervliet and Hartford early Thursday, police say.

It happened shortly after midnight in the eastbound lanes of the highway east of 70th Street in Hartford Township.

Michigan State Police say an eastbound pickup truck stopped abruptly. The vehicle following the truck couldn’t stop quickly enough and rear-ended it.

The man driving the pickup was rushed to the hospital and later died of his injuries. MSP identified him as Reynel Reed, 51, of Calumet City, Illinois.

The driver of the second vehicle, a 31-year-old Kalamazoo woman, was also hospitalized. Her injuries are not considered life-threatening, police say.

The highway was shut down for about four hours while emergency responders were on the scene.

MSP said Reed was not wearing a seat belt when the crash happened. The Kalamazoo woman was wearing her seat belt. The investigation continues, police say.

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