WB I-94 near Mattawan reopens after 2 semi crash

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People respond to a crash involving two semi-trucks on westbound I-94 in Mattawan. (ReportIt)

MATTAWAN, Mich. (WOOD) — Michigan State Police say westbound I-94 near Mattawan has reopened hours after a crash involving two semi-trucks.

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Authorities respond to a crash involving two semi-trucks on westbound I-94 near Mattawan. (Michigan State Police)

Van Buren County dispatchers said the crash happened around 9:40 a.m. Friday on the highway near exit 66 to Mattawan. Troopers said the crash scene was at the 64 mile marker, but “inattentive” drivers led to other minor crashes in the area.

One semi-truck appears to have rear-ended a second semi-truck based on viewer photos and videos submitted to ReportIt@woodtv.com. The viewer video shows someone using a hammer to try to break into the smashed cab of the semi-truck.

The extent of injuries caused by the initial crash is unclear.

A Michigan Department of Transportation camera pointing southwest shows the traffic backup on westbound I-94 following a two semi-truck crash near Mattawan. (MDOT)

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The Michigan Department of Transportation announced all westbound lanes surrounding the crash were closed just after 10 a.m.

MSP announced the highway had reopened around 12:24 p.m. However, troopers expected traffic backups to continue for several more hours because that section of westbound I-94 was narrowed to one lane for road construction.