MSP: 1 killed, several injured in I-94 crashes near Paw Paw

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A June 15, 2017 courtesy photo of the deadly crash on westbound I-94 near Paw Paw. (Michigan State Police)

ANTWERP TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Michigan State Police say distracted driving and construction zone traffic appear to be factors in an I-94 crash near Paw Paw that killed one person and injured several others.

The crash happened at approximately 11:05 a.m. in the westbound lanes near mile marker 63, which is just before a bridge construction zone, according to MSP.

Troopers say a westbound semi-truck rear-ended a car. The semi then hit three other vehicles before coming to rest in the median.

A crash on westbound I-94 near Paw Paw on June 15, 2017.

The front seat passenger of the first car that was hit died in the crash, according to MSP. Several others were taken to nearby hospitals with injuries; their conditions are unclear.

About 15 minutes after the first crash, troopers say a second crash happened on westbound I-94 near the 66 mile marker. MSP say an SUV swerved to avoid traffic congestion from the deadly crash, crossed over the cable median barrier and landed on its roof in the eastbound lanes.

The driver of the SUV, a 54-year-old Mattawan Man, was also taken to the hospital for treatment.

The crashes shut down I-94 in both directions, but have since reopened. At 12:20 p.m., westbound traffic was backup up 11 miles to the US-131 interchange; eastbound I-94.

MSP are urging drivers to slow down and give other vehicles more space when approaching construction zones, since traffic backups are common.

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