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01/09/2015 01:36 pm ET Updated Jan 09, 2015

At Least 1 Dead In 150-Vehicle Pileup On Michigan Interstate

Jessica Wheeler/Twitter

GALESBURG, Mich. (AP) -- State police say at least one person has died in a series of crashes involving roughly 150 vehicles on both sides of Interstate 94 in southwestern Michigan.

Lt. Rick Pazder says many vehicles are on fire, including at least two semi-trucks carrying fireworks and other hazardous materials.

CBS Kalamazoo reporter Jessica Wheeler tweeted that there were "multiple fatalities" in the crashes.

WDIV shared raw footage in which fireworks can be heard whistling and exploding from a smoking truck on the Interstate:

The crashes are located between mile markers 88 and 92 in eastern Kalamazoo County, near Galesburg. Authorities are blaming snow, wind and poor visibility in the crash.

Police first said 90 vehicles were involved, then no more than 70. But Pazder says a better count now puts the number around 150, with a majority in westbound lanes.

He says a trucker from Ottawa, Canada, died, and an unknown number of people are injured.

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