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Gasoline Tanker flips, explodes.. takes out bridge near detroit


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#1 of 5 OFFLINE   mattCR

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Posted July 15 2009 - 04:17 PM

http://www.freep.com...083/1005/news03

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A stretch of I-75 was expected to be shut down indefinitely after a gasoline tanker exploded Wednesday night near 9 Mile, causing the overpass on the northbound side to collapse.

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Thick black smoke billowed from the scene and flames shot up 150 to 200 feet, snarling traffic on both sides. Authorities advised the thousands of commuters heading for work this morning to look for alternative routes.

That section of I-75 — from 8 Mile to I-696 — carries an average of more than 160,000 vehicles a day, according to state traffic counts.

The tanker overturned apparently after colliding with a tractor-trailer. It was not immediately clear how many vehicles were involved. The tanker driver appeared to have survived.

Lt. Shannon Sims of the Michigan State Police post in Oak Park confirmed that the fire and heat from the tanker blast had caused the 9 Mile overpass above northbound I-75 to collapse.

“Until they get that fire out, it's going to be hard for us to get in there and determine what happened,” Sims said.


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#2 of 5 OFFLINE   Scott Merryfield

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Posted July 15 2009 - 11:37 PM

This has been all over the local news this morning. Amazingly, no one was seriously injured in the accident.

That stretch of freeway will be closed for a few months. My sympathies to those who travel that route on their daily commutes.


#3 of 5 OFFLINE   Dennis Nicholls

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Posted July 16 2009 - 12:35 AM

A tanker flipped and burned on an overpass in Oakland CA two years ago, and it took months to replace the onramp - it had melted.

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Posted July 16 2009 - 02:04 AM

Don't worry Scott.. a lot of us caught the story, but thankfully, it didn't sidetrack CNN or MSNBC or any of the others from the real important news of the world (rundowns of the Michael Jackson family with interviews)

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Posted July 16 2009 - 09:50 AM

In 1982 a tanker exploded inside the Caldocott-Tunnel between Oakland and Orinda Ca. killing seven people. Tankers have since been restricted to 2-4 AM.

Well, after reading the story it looks like more of a fire than an explosion, but still horrific.
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