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1 Killed in Fiery 100-Vehicle Accident on Snowy Michigan Highway

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Emergency personnel watch as fireworks ignite at the scene of a fiery crash that closed both sides of Interstate 94, Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. (Mark Bugnaski/MLive.com/Landov)

By    |   Friday, 09 Jan 2015 07:15 PM

One person was killed in an accident involving more than 100 vehicles along a snowy Michigan interstate on Friday. The crash ignited a fire and explosion on a semi carrying fireworks.

Snow, wind and poor visibility were blamed for the chain reaction of crashes on both sides of Interstate 94 in Kalamazoo County, 150 miles east of Chicago. The interstate wasn't expected to reopen until late Friday or Saturday, The Associated Press said.

"As you can imagine, it's not easy to count vehicles as they pile up," said Michigan State Police Lt. Rick Pazder, who pegged the number at 123.

Police urged everyone within a 3-mile radius to evacuate the rural area, but that order was lifted by early afternoon once all hazardous materials on the trucks, including acid, had burned off.

A trucker from Ottawa, Canada, was killed and at least 23 people with injuries were taken to hospitals in Battle Creek and Kalamazoo, Pazder said. Motorists who were not injured were taken by bus to warming centers.

Randall Kern said he was driving behind the truck with the fireworks when he hit the brakes, skidded and stopped his pickup truck on the shoulder.

"I jumped out and I ran away from it because I saw all the trucks coming and they couldn't stop," Kern told the Kalamazoo Gazette. "I jumped out and ran up through the trees to get away."

Another driver, Jay Ellis, said his Jeep was sandwiched in the front and rear. Then, he heard the fireworks exploding.

"I was like, "What was that?' ... At that point they told everybody it wasn't safe and we needed to get out of here," Ellis said.

The crashes were reported between mile markers 88 and 92, near Galesburg.

Elsewhere in Michigan, weather-related crashes closed major roads in Monroe, Saginaw, Kent and Genesee counties.

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