A massive tanker fire on the Interstate 75 to Interstate 375 interchange in downtown Detroit has caused both freeways to close, despite fire crews putting out the fire.
The Detroit Fire Department says crews are at the scene and staging near Ford Field. Reports say the tanker overturned and 9,000 gallons of fuel on board are entering the sewers of the city.
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Level 2 HazMat has been declared according to local CBS Detroit. It is unclear when either freeway will open back up.
M-Dot Spokesperson Diane Cross spoke with WWJ Newsradio 950’s Lauren Barthold about the situation and she reported the following:
“We do have a number of vehicles that are stuck on I-75. Northbound, they’re stopped before you can get to the exit to go north on Stroh’s Curve,” Cross said. “Southbound I-75 south of I-94 near Mack, we’re stopping traffic there because we don’t want anybody going into that accident scene with the fire not knowing whether or not it’s going to get worse.”
Cross advised drivers not to turn around and go the other way on the closed interstates.
“First of all, it is illegal, it is dangerous and you could be ticketed,” Cross said.
The cause of the fire remains unclear. Michigan State Police Lt. Michael Shaw says the driver of the tanker escaped from the vehicle unharmed.
There is both a Detroit Tigers baseball game today as well as the Detroit Movement Electronic Music Festival. Those traveling to either event are advised to seek alternate routes into the city, either from the south or the west with uncertainty looming around when Interstate 75 and 375 will reopen.
The tanker fire took place around 9 a.m. Sunday morning.