Hazmat Situation: Semi Hauling Lithium Batteries Catches Fire, Shuts Down I-94 in Michigan


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Battle Creek, MI – A semi-truck hauling lithium batteries and iodine gas caught fire on I-94, causing a major shutdown of the eastbound lanes Saturday morning.

The Michigan State Police reported that the incident occurred around 7:15 a.m. near mile marker 100 in Emmett Township. According to authorities, the hazardous materials on board, including lithium batteries and iodine gas, exacerbated the fire and complicated the emergency response.

Both eastbound lanes of I-94 were closed as a result, and drivers were advised to avoid the area and find alternative routes. The closure has led to significant traffic delays and detours, affecting commuters and local traffic alike. The MSP emphasized the importance of steering clear of the vicinity due to the dangerous nature of the materials involved.

Preliminary investigations suggest that the fire might have started due to the volatile combination of the truck’s cargo. Emergency crews are working diligently to contain the blaze and ensure the safety of the surrounding area. However, it remains unclear how long the interstate will remain closed.

Authorities urge motorists to stay updated on the situation through local news and traffic advisories as the cleanup and investigation continue.


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