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Slew of Accidents on I-94 Exemplify Importance of Highway Safety

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Slew of Accidents on I-94 Leads to Highway Closure

Several accidents occurring all within the same day led to the shut down of I-94 yesterday.  Yesterday, the first accident occurred at approximately 2 p.m. near the Parma exit in Jackson.  Just a few weeks ago, another accident happened in the same location.  According to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, a semi truck failed to slow down for oncoming road construction when the rest of traffic when slowing.  Subsequently, the semi rammed into the truck ahead of it and both the semi and the truck then collided with a bread truck.  One of those vehicles then struck another truck in the lane over, causing it to hit the median and flip over.  At least three people were taken from the scene of the first accident on I-94 with serious injuries, but none are believed to be life-threatening.

Second Accident Happens Within Same Day on I-94

A second accident also occurred on I-94 yesterday while authorities were attempting to divert traffic off of the highway to deal with the first accident.  That vehicle was attempting to cross the street to get back onto I-94 when it t-boned another car, which then hit a third car.  No one was injured in that accident but airbags did deploy.

Third Accident on the Same Day Takes a Life

Around 3:30 p.m. yesterday the final accident occurred just 3 miles from the site of the first accident.  It also involved one car and a semi truck.  The car apparently hit the corner of the semi and then went off into a ditch.  Tragically, a deputy confirmed that a 40-year-old woman from Chicago died due to the crash.  This number of accidents is clearly not an every day occurrence on I-94, but do exemplify the importance of slowing down near construction sites and not becoming impatient while dealing with backed up traffic on the highway.  The difference of a few extra minutes getting to your destination could mean the difference between life or death.