1 in hospital after 2 semi trucks crash on I-94

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — A section of westbound I-94 in Blackman Township was closed for more than two hours Friday afternoon after one semi-trailer truck rear-ended another semi-trailer truck.

Blackman-Leoni Department of Public Safety was dispatched to the area of I-94 westbound and Airport Road at about 12:18 p.m. for a reported injury accident.

When officers arrived, they found the two semis with severe damage on the north side of the expressway.

They found out that one semi-trailer truck travelling in the right lane had slowed for highway traffic, putting on its four-way hazard lights. The second truck did not slow down and rear-ended the first truck without braking.


The driver of the at-fault truck, a 50-year-old Detroit man, was pinned in the cab of the semi. First responders had to use the Jaws of Life hydraulic tool to get the driver out, which took about 50 minutes. He was transported to Henry Ford Hospital in serious, but not life-threatening condition.

The driver of the rear-ended semi, a 52-year-old man, along with a 44-year-old female passenger, were not injured.

The accident left “a large amount of debris” on the expressway, said Blackman-Leoni Director of Public Safety Scott J. Grajewski.

A wrecker service and the Michigan Department of Transportation worked to remove the debris, and the highway completely reopened at 2:55 p.m.

Grajewski said neither speed nor alcohol were involved in the accident.

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