I-75 Bridge in Hazel Park, Michigan, Collapses: Tanker Explosion
Over the I-75 a Bridge at Nine Mile Road in Hazel Park, Michigan was the site of a major explosion today and it has collapsed as a tanker explosion caused the bridge to fall on to the freeway. Fire crews are on the scene.
The freeway is closed between 8 Mile and 11 Road. Authorities are urging people to find alternate routes to work in the morning.
There are reports of explosions and flames rising 150 to 200 feet in the air.
At least two semis and two other vehicles were involved. Fuel was on fire in the sewer system along the freeway. The driver of the semi said there was more than nine-thousand gallons of gasoline in the tanker.
The incident happened at about 8:30pm local time, and according to early reports, one tanker overturned on the bridge and then a second one was involved. Other witnesses say that a tanker tried to go under the bridge and caught the top on the structure, causing it to explode.
One tanker was carrying about 9,000 gallons of gasoline. According to WWJ-AM in the area, the smoke is toxic from the tankers. Thick smoke can be seen from miles away. Authorities cannot say for sure at this point how many vehicles are involved as the fire is still burning, and they cannot even see the original tanker that started the fire due to the intense heat and smoke.
One restaurant has been evacuated in the area, and althought there are no reports of any injuries, the situation is still early.
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