193-Vehicle Pileup in Michigan Involved 76 Trucks, Killed One Trucker

January 11, 2015

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Interstate 94 in western Michigan finally re-opened early Sunday after a 193-vehicle pile-up on Friday morning that killed a truck driver closed the highway for almost two days.

State transportation officials warn that parts of the eastbound lanes have a rough surface from minor pitting from vehicle fires.

There was amazingly only one fatality from the fiery chain-reaction crash: Jean Larocque, 57, of St.-Chrysostome, Quebec, who was driving a tractor-trailer in the eastbound lanes, according to

Published reports indicate 23 people were sent to area hospitals.

There were 76 semi trucks involved in the pileup, including one loaded with fireworks that exploded spectacularly and injured some firefighters, and one carrying a hazmat load of formic acid. That truck couldn't be moved until the load was drained off into another tanker, which took most of Saturday.


  1. 1. MIKE [ January 15, 2015 @ 08:13AM ]

    If the state of Michigan would place the officers with a hard on for stopping semis into the role of highway patrol, stopping every vehicle that operates on Michigan highways for speeding, it would improve highway safety significantly. As far as the pile-up on I 94, next time do what the western states do, CLOSE THE HIGHWAY UNTIL CONDITIONS IMPROVE......HELLOOOOOO!!!!

  2. 2. [email protected] [ January 17, 2015 @ 10:44AM ]

    Close the road until conditions improve


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