Gasoline tanker explodes on I-75 north of Detroit

July 15, 2009 8:42:33 PM PDT
An interstate north of Detroit is shut down following a gasoline tanker explosion and overpass collapse. Flames are shooting hundreds of feet in the air from the site on Interstate 75 in Hazel Park, about 10 miles north of downtown Detroit.

Michigan State Police say there are no immediate reports of injuries. But Lt. Shannon Sims says the tanker driver hasn't been located and the wreckage of the truck can't be approached because of intense heat.

Sims says the tanker was headed north on I-75 when it exploded beneath the 9 Mile Road overpass about 8 p.m. Half the overpass has collapsed onto the northbound lanes of I-75 while the rest remains standing.

Sims says authorities don't yet know what caused the explosion.


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