DETROIT — A busy section of I-75 between Detroit and Flint, Mich. will be closed for an undetermined time as a result of a major gasoline tanker accident yesterday.
For a dramatic look at the event, check out this footage, shot by a local passerby.
The heat from the burning tanker was so intense it melted and collapsed an overpass where 9-Mile Road crosses the Interstate.
The road is closed between I-696 and 8-Mile Road. That stretch is said to carry about 160,000 vehicles a day.
For the time being, drivers will be redirected toward alternate routes that include the Lodge Freeway and other streets including Woodward, Dequindre, and other nearby north-south routes.
The downed overpass could push additional traffic onto I-94 in Detroit and the east-side suburbs.
According to local media reports, only one person suffered minor injuries in the melee, which involved a car, the tanker, and another tractor trailer hauling groceries.
The driver of that Meijer grocery truck is being called a hero.
Police say a 27-year-old man apparently lost control of his car , swerved into the path of the tanker, loaded with 9,600 gallons of gasoline and 4,600 gallons of diesel. The tractor then separated from the tanker.
The driver of the Meijer truck noticed what was happening and swerved to avoid the out-of-control tanker. Police say his quick actions helped avoid what could have been an even more devastating crash.
The tanker driver was treated and released from Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.
For more information on the road closure, visit the Michigan Department of Transportation’s live traffic site at mdotwas1.mdot.state.mi.us/public/drive/rtt.cfm#.
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