Two local men killed in semi crash on U.S. 12 in Berrien County

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A fatal crash involving two semis shut down a busy stretch of U.S. 12 in Berrien County.

The collision happened on Monday afternoon, Jan. 9, at U.S. 12 and Portage Road, when the driver of a liquid-propane hauler crossed the median and struck a gasoline hauler head-on, according to Michigan State Police.

The crash involved a liquid propane hauler and a gasoline tanker. Christopher Deneen, 35, of Niles, who was driving the propane hauler died at the scene. Dustin Marshall, 46, of Osceola, who was driving the gasoline hauler, was taken to Memorial Hospital in South Bend where he died from his injuries.

Liquid propane that spilled from the hauler was contained, but crews were on scene through early Tuesday morning to investigate the crash and the clean-up of the fuel.

Around 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday, all lanes reopened to traffic.

The circumstances and factors that led to the collision are still under investigation.

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