I-69 reopens after yesterday's tanker explosion; northbound Irish Road remains closed

Police blocked off Irish Road and I-69 yesterday after the tanker explosion.


Officials tell NBC25 that northbound Irish Road is closed indefinitely. Southbound Irish Road has been reopened. Hazmat crews are still on the scene.

Irish Road had recently undergone a $2 million dollar renovation.

Watch the video above to see NBC25 reporter Walter Smith-Randolph interview Greg Brunner of the Michigan Department of Transportation.

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Interstate 69 east-and westbound has reopened after yesterday's tanker explosion had shut down the expressway as well as surrounding roads, though some lanes remain closed.

Yesterday morning a tanker truck carrying 120,000 pounds of crude oil went off of the I-69 overpass and crashed to the road below. The tanker truck then exploded.

There were no major injuries as a result of the crash, with even the driver of the tanker only treated for minor injuries.

I-69 was then closed in both directions, as well as Irish Road, while HAZMAT crews went through the cleanup process.

At first, authorities evacuated an area of one-mile around the tanker accident. Later, the evacuation order was rescinded, but people were asked to shelter-in-place.

The explosion was felt for some distance, with witnesses a mile-and-a-half away saying they saw bottles shake on shelves.

The tanker truck was out of St. Louis, Michigan and was on its way to Marysville. Neither the driver nor the trucking company have been identified by authorities at this time.