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Fiery Fatality on I-94 Still Under Investigation

(Berrien County, MI) - Authorities were continuing to investigate a fiery fatal crash involving two semi-trucks and an SUV on Interstate 94 near Sawyer. 


The driver of the SUV, a 48-year old man from Tinley Park, Illinois was killed in the August 5 accident near the 13-mile marker, according to the Baroda-Lake Township Police Department.

Police said the truck drivers, a 63-year old man from Wisconsin and a 50-year old man from Illinois were transported to Spectrum Hospital in St. Joseph.


The names of the victim and truck drivers along with the conditions of the over the road drivers were not disclosed. According to police, an eastbound semi pulling an empty trailer veered left across the median and struck the oncoming SUV before 7:30 p.m.


The SUV was also hit by a westbound tractor-trailer loaded with water heaters, police said.

All of the three of the vehicles burst into flames. Police said all three westbound lanes reopened at 2:30 a.m.


Police said providing assistance at the scene were firefighters from Bridgman, Chikaming Township, Baroda, Weesaw Township, Lincoln Township, and Lake Township along with police from Bridgman, Chikaming Township, Three Oaks, Michigan State Police, Berrien County Sheriff’s Office and Pokagon Tribal Police Department.


Paramedics from Medic 1 also responded to the crash site.


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