UPDATE: Accident caused by drowsy driver
An accident that took place on westbound I-94 Monday morning forced the interstate to close for three hours,but police said the driver who caused it wasn’t injured.
Police said the accident occurred around 4 a.m. when the driver of a truck carrying a trailer fell asleep at the wheel between Elm Avenue and Cooper Street.
The driver, identified by police as a 60-year-old Battle Creek man, woke up when he realized he was going to hit signs in a construction zone.
While the man tried to swerve out of the way, his truck hit several signs, causing the trailer he was pulling to separate from the truck.
The trailer then flipped over onto the interstate’s westbound lanes. No other vehicles were involved.
The highway reopened at approximately 7:30 a.m., Blackman-Leoni Township Public Safety Director Michael Jester said.
Lane closures and the accident didn’t affect the Michigan Department of Transportation’s I-94 road and bridge reconstruction project slated to finish this spring.
The project has been delayed a few weeks because of the holidays, MDOT spokesman Aaron Jenkins said.
The project includes resurfacing 4 miles of I-94 between Elm Avenue and Sargent Road.
There were no injuries.