"Basically, it does not have a shoulder, which would allow someone an area to bail out if they needed to stop suddenly," said Lt. Joseph Thomas, Post Commander for Michigan State Police in Jackson.
It's been a tough winter for Michigan State Police in Jackson County, but Wednesday morning was at another level.
"Today was probably one of our worst days, where we actually ended up shutting down the freeway and dealing with multiple scenes with multiple cars within those scenes," said Lt. Joseph Thomas, Post Commander for MSP Jackson.
It started around 8:30 a.m., with several accidents on eastbound I-94, between Cooper St. and Elm Ave. Dozens of cars were involved. Lt. Thomas says the worst happened right by Elm, where a truck was pinned between two semi-trucks.
"It took law enforcement and emergency response personnel approximately an hour and a half to extricate him from the vehicle," said Lt. Thomas. "A lot of the witnesses says it was as if he hadn't applied the breaks."
But even if the he had, the driver would have needed to stop quickly because there just isn't much space along that stretch of roadway.
"Basically, it does not have a shoulder, which would allow someone an area to bail out if they needed to stop suddenly," said Lt. Thomas.
Wednesday's crash had tow trucks hauling cars away several hours after the initial call. Overall, Jackson County had 45 accidents over the entire day.