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A Michigan State Police investigator says he's never seen anything like the disaster last week near Galesburg, and hopes he never sees another one like it again.

Governor Rick Snyder has signed a package of bills designed to raise money to fix the state’s crumbling roads and bridges. But their provisions won’t go into effect unless they’re approved by voters in May.

The legislation would replace the state’s current gas tax with a wholesale tax on fuel. It would also raise the state sales tax from six to seven percent. The sales tax money would go to schools and local governments, which would otherwise lose out with the end of the current fuel tax.

State Police say clean-up of an acid spill during the incident is the biggest obstacle to re-opening the freeway.

Among the vehicles involved as a semi hauling fireworks that caught fire an exploded, closing the freeway for hours Friday near Galesburg.

Officials say a semi involved in the incident was carrying fireworks that caught fire and exploded, closing the freeway for several hours in both directions Friday near Galesburg.

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