MSP: EB I-94 reopens after pileup involving 38 vehicles

Several semi-trucks sit on the shoulder of I-94 at Sprinkle Road near the 35th Street exit in Comstock Township.

COMSTOCK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Michigan State Police say 38 vehicles were involved in a pileup crash that shut down eastbound I-94 between Sprinkle Road and 35th Street in Comstock Township for hours.

It happened around 12:30 p.m. Friday during heavy snowfall. First responders were working to remove a jackknifed semitractor-trailer at the Galesburg exit ramp when the chaos began to unfold. In the blink of an eye, cars and semis started crashing into each other.

“My tire collided with the end of the semi along with the back end of my truck,” said John Riebel, who was driving on I-94. “So it totally destroyed my whole wheel and tire.”

Candyce Morgan was caught in the crash and said she had two choices: either crash into the semi in front of her or drive off into a snow-covered ditch. She chose to avoid the collision and was stuck waiting for a tow for hours.

“He actually spun out right in front of me,” Morgan said. “And then I could see all the semis. I saw the stopped traffic, and I was like ‘I don’t have time to stop.'”

MSP says 22 vehicles and 16 semi-trucks were involved in the crash. Only minor injuries were reported.

“Hey, it could be much worse,” said Morgan. “I can still turn the car on and stay warm, so.”

The crash shut down eastbound I-94 between Sprinkle Road and 35th Street for hours. It reopened before 6:30 p.m.