Tanker roll-over shuts down I-75, leads to evacuation, near Birch Run
Mon, 22 Apr 2013 14:38:48 GMT —
Dow Chemical confirms that the semi-tanker was heading to one of their facilities in Midland.
Additionally all five people checked in to an area hospital because of possible chemical exposure have been released.
Sunday evening a semi-tanker had rolled over on its side near the I-75 Birch Run exit, according to Michigan State Police.
The semi-tanker was traveling along northbound I-75.
The tanker was hauling 45,000 pounds of acrylic acid.
The tanker was swerving to avoid a fire truck that was blocking a roadway for a separate incident.
The driver told police that he saw the fire truck but did not think he was going to be able to stop in time, so he attempted to go around.
When the tanker overturned, the acrylic acid began to leak out.
This lead to the evacuation of both the Birch Run Premium Outlet mall and Cinema Hollywood movie theater.
North- and southbound I-75 were also shut down.
Some members of the Birch Run fire department and the driver of the tanker were taken to the Covenant Cooper hospital to receive treatment for exposure to the hazardous material. The driver was also treated for minor injuries.
At the scene was the Birch Run Fire Department, Saginaw Sheriff Deputies, MMR Ambulance, Birch Run Police Department, and the Clio Fire Department.
Officials tell NBC25 that the acrylic acid is now cleaned up. They also tell NBC25 that the truck was believed to have been heading to Dow Chemical.
I-75 southbound was reopened before 8 am this morning.
Authorities expect to reopen northbound around noon today.
The driver of the semi-tanker was issued a hazardous citation.