UPDATE: Victims identified in fiery crash on westbound I-94 in Jackson County

20161101_120402

UPDATE: The Michigan State Police say two Michigan people died in a fiery crash in I-94 Tuesday.

58-year-old Duane Ferry of Bronson and his mother, 80-year-old Beverly Ferry of Coldwater, died when the car they were in was rear-ended by a semi-truck.

They were westbound on I-94 between Dearing and Parma Roads when they were hit.

The driver of the semi-truck, a 54-year-old man from Ontario, Canada, is still in the U of M hospital in critical condition.

Five vehicles were involved in the crash as traffic slowed due to an unrelated accident.

UPDATE: 6:00 p.m.

JACKSON COUNTY, Mich. (WLNS) – A horrific crash has killed two people and shut down a major interstate for several hours, and now authorities are trying to figure out how it all started.

Michigan State Police says a crash involving multiple semi-trucks on westbound I-94 near Parma kicked off a deadly chain of events.

As traffic slowed down several miles away, tragedy struck.

“A semi rear-ended a passenger vehicle, causing a chain reaction crash that involved five vehicles,” said First Lt. Kevin Rod of Michigan State Police, Jackson Post.

The crash sparked a fire that engulfed the car and semi.

Officials say flames spread rapidly as fuel from the truck gushed all over the road.

Two passengers in the car were trapped by flames and died inside their vehicle.

The truck driver escaped.

“The semi driver of the semi is in critical condition, he has been transported to U of M Hospital. Two other passengers suffered minor injuries,” Rod said.

Police say a major wreck like this with multiple vehicles and safety hazards makes it difficult to clean up and investigate.

Rod says this serves as a reminder to slow down and pay attention on the road.

“It’s tragic anytime there’s a loss of life. Drivers have to be alert at all times and aware of what’s going on when they’re operating a motor vehicle,” Rod said.

The identities of the victims have not been released yet.

_________________________________________________________________________________

UPDATE 3:05 p.m. – The Michigan State Police tell 6 News that the driver of the semi-truck involved in this morning’s fatal crash on I-94 is in critical condition in a local hospital.

There is no estimated time when westbound I-94 will reopen.

This story will be updated online and on 6 News tonight.

UPDATE 12:30 p.m. – 6 News has confirmed that two people are dead and one injured in a fiery crash in I-94 in Jackson County.

Two people died in a car and a driver of a semi-truck is hospitalized following the crash.

It is not known at this time what caused the collision.

There were five vehicles involved in the fatal crash.

The crash is one of two that happened at the same time on I-94.

This story will be updated online and on 6 News tonight.

ORIGINAL STORY: JACKSON CO., Mich (WLNS) – A fiery crash has closed westbound I-94 in Jackson County between Jackson and Parma.

A second crash has also been reported involving at least two semi-trucks.

It is not known if there are any injuries.

The first accident was reported just after 11:30 a.m. today.

Drivers are urged to avoid the area and seek alternate routes.

6 News Jackson Bureau reporter Aaron Dimick is on the scene and will update this story online and on 6 News tonight as more information becomes available.

We welcome thoughts and comments from our viewers. We ask that everyone keep their remarks civil and respectful. Postings that contain profanity, racist, or potentially libelous remarks will be deleted. We will delete any commercial postings, as well.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s