Tanker explodes on I-69 near Irish Road, leading to one-mile evacuation
Thu, 02 Jan 2014 16:57:08 GMT —
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Officials say that the driver of the tanker that exploded is being treated at a local hospital with minor injuries.
The driver told officials that while he was heading eastbound on I-69 the tanker hit a patch of ice.
This caused the tanker truck to fall off of the I-69 overpass and strike the road, and guardrail, below.
Burn marks are visible on the I-69 overpass.
The tanker was carrying crude oil to a destination in Marysville.
Officials are not releasing the name of the trucking company at this time. Engineers are going to evaluate the condition of the bridge.
Be sure to watch NBC25 tonight at 6 for more on this still developing story.
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A MDOT spokesperson says I-69 will be closed for at least 12 hours.
Right now MDOT crews are not even allowed on the scene until the tanker truck is towed away. HAZMAT crews are still working on the site of the explosion.
The Michigan State Police are looking at reopening Irish Road north of I-69.
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*** UPDATE 12:37pm ***
Evacuation order has been lifted. However, Davison police are still asking people to stay in their homes if they live near where the explosion happened.
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Davison police are asking people to shelter in place if you live near where the tanker exploded. The Belsay Road exit at I-69 has also been shut down at this time. Additionally Center Road at Belsay Road has also been shut down.
Stay with NBC25 online and on the air for further updates.
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A tanker truck hauling an unknown hazardous material has exploded, according to the Michigan State Police, on I-69 near Irish Road.
I-69 both east-and-westbound are shut down in the area.
Authorities are evacuating a one-mile radius around where the explosion happened.
There is no word yet on the condition of the driver or what caused the explosion.
HAZMAT teams are on the scene now, according to the MSP.
NBC25 has crews heading to the scene right now. Stay with NBC25 online as we learn more throughout the day.