Distracted Semi Driver Causes Fatal Highway Crash

 Monday, July 13, 2015

 Chicago Tribune

A Chicago man was killed and his wife critically injured during a multivehicle crash on a highway Friday afternoon in southwest Michigan, officials said.The man, in his early 70s, was behind the wheel of a Cadillac CTS sedan heading east on I-94 to Detroit when a semitruck rear-ended it about 1:30 p.m. at the exit for the village of Mattawan, said Mattawan Fire Department Lt. Kenneth King. The man’s 72-year-old wife, a front-seat passenger, was critically injured, King said. The man’s identity was not being made public but he and his wife are from Chicago, said Michigan State Police Paw Paw Post Sgt. Scott Ernstes.

Fire crews were already in the area putting out a grass fire in the median of the highway, and the driver of the truck behind the Cadillac was likely distracted by that.

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