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Drivers Identified In Fiery Crash On I-94 Saturday

The Crash Occurred On This Stretch of I-94 Near Battle Creek (Credit: Google Maps)
The Crash Occurred On This Stretch of I-94 Near Battle Creek (Credit: Google Maps)

More details, including the names of those involved, have become available in the fiery crash that shut down I-94 near Battle Creek for most of Saturday.

The Battle Creek Enquirer reports that police say that a semi-truck driven by 63-year-old Charles Rothney of Durand, Michigan had been travelling westbound on I-94 around noon Saturday, when he failed to slow down for traffic near mile marker 92 between Battle Creek and Augusta; Rothney admitted to police he became distracted while setting down his glasses.

His semi ended up rear ending a Hyundai driven by 74-year-old Kletus Kyle, sending the sedan into the median; Kyle, and his wife Ruthann, were treated for minor injuries at the scene. The semi continued through the median into the eastbound lanes, and ended up striking a Jaguar driven by 51-year-old Linda Engle of Augusta, causing both the semi and the Jaguar to catch fire.

Engle was also treated at the scene, while Rothney did need to be taken to Bronson Battle Creek for treatment. He has since been released.

Westbound I-94 had to be closed for a couple of hours, while the eastbound highway was completely closed for most of the afternoon and evening.

Whether or not any fines or charges might be coming remains unknown.

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