Whiteout conditions in I-94 wrecks

The Indian Trails charter bus that was involved in a pileup on I-94 near Hartford. (Feb. 27, 2014)
The Indian Trails charter bus that was involved in a pileup on I-94 near Hartford. (Feb. 27, 2014)

HARTFORD, Mich. (WOOD) – Whiteouts and slick roads were factors in two multiple-vehicle wrecks that shut down sections of eastbound I-94 for hours on Thursday in Van Buren County.

The first wreck happened just before 10 a.m. on the highway just east of Hartford, and involved an Indian Trails charter bus, five semi-trucks and four vehicles.

The driver of the charter bus was treated for moderate injuries and eight passengers were treat

ed for minor injuries, according to Michigan State Police.

The Van Buren County Intermediate School District helped to transport 18 other charter bus passengers to the ISD Conference Center in Lawrence for shelter until they were picked up by another charter bus, MSP said.

The pileup on eastbound I-94 near Hartford. (Feb. 27, 2014)

The highway remained shut down for 4.5 hours as the wreck was cleaned up.

A second wreck happened to the east of the first pileup around 11:30 a.m., just east of the Decatur exit, also in the eastbound lanes of I-94.

The lanes were completely blocked for three hours while wreckers cleared two jackknifed semis from the highway.

No one was injured in that crash.

MSP officials are asking drivers traveling on the I-94 corridor between Paw Paw and Watervliet to use extreme caution as the highway is extremely icy, and wind and lake-effect snow are causing temporary whiteouts in the area.

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