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Audit recommends changes after large Michigan freeway pileup

Authorities are recommending the relocation of cable barriers and many other changes in the area of a massive pileup early this year on Interstate 94 in southwestern Michigan.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reports the results of a safety audit were released Monday by state and federal officials.

It was commissioned by the state after the Jan. 9 wreck that involved nearly 200 vehicles on both sides of the freeway east of Galesburg.

The report says relocating the cable barrier away from the median-side shoulder should reduce collisions with the barrier while still limiting cross-median crashes.

It also should help prevent backups.

The report also calls for more electronic signs, new lighting and freeway courtesy patrols.

The pileup killed one man and closed a stretch of I-94 for two days.

The audit was completed by the Michigan Department of Transportation, Michigan State Police and Federal Highway Administration.

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