Icy roads blamed in I-94 crash that kills 1, injures 5

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BERRIEN COUNTY, MI – A passenger helping an injured woman after a crash was killed when another vehicle crashed into their broken down sport utility vehicle on I-94, police said.

Berrien County Sheriff’s Deputies blamed the icy road conditions on the crash on Thursday, November 25, which injured five other people. Police said the cold temperatures and rain caused slippery conditions.

The crash happened around 7:15 p.m. on I-94 near Maudlin Road in New Buffalo Township, Berrien County, sheriff’s deputies said.

The driver of a Ford Escape was heading east when he lost control of his vehicle on the slippery road. The vehicle left the road and struck a guardrail, coming to a stop on the shoulder of the highway.

A rear passenger was caring for a front passenger when the driver of another eastbound vehicle, a Buick Lucerne, lost control and sped over to the passenger side of the Escape.

The passenger assisting the other passenger was trapped between the two vehicles and died, a sheriff’s detective said.

A woman in the Escape was found unconscious on the road. The driver was trapped under his vehicle after being thrown in the collision. They were hospitalized with serious but not life threatening injuries.

The other driver was taken to Spectrum Health Lakeland in critical condition and then airlifted to Spectrum Health Hospital in Butterworth. A front passenger was taken to Franciscan Health Michigan City and then transferred to Chicago Medical University. A rear passenger was treated at Lakeland and released.

The names were withheld pending notification of the families, police said.

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