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(GALESBURG, Mich.) — A massive highway pile-up and fire in Michigan Friday has prompted a request to evacuate people for miles around because one of the vehicles involved is a semi-truck carrying hazardous materials.

The chain-reaction crash is believed to have involved as many as 70 cars and trucks amid snowy road conditions near the small town of Galesburg, according to Michigan State Police. The pile-up occurred on I-94 between Kalamazoo and Battle Creek, Trooper Rick Carlson told ABC News.

There was at least one known fatality.

Firefighters struggled with a blaze that involved at least two cars and four large trucks. One of those trucks contained hazardous material and another had 40 pounds of fireworks.

Image from the fatal pile-up on I-94 near Climax. More – http://t.co/9AvovIZVMZ pic.twitter.com/0jVMj0xUqj

— WWMT-TV (@wwmtnews) January 9, 2015

Here is a picture from the crash on I-94 @wwmtnews @KateWWMT pic.twitter.com/dkATYRZeQh

— Rooster Neck (@TheRoosterNeck) January 9, 2015

“Lake effect” snow in southwest Michigan impacted motorists with 50 to 70 cars involved in the pile-up westbound and eastbound.

Carlson said the interstate is shut down in both directions and will likely be closed for the next few hours.

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