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Traffic delayed on I-75 at Warren after semi crashes into bridge

Sarah Rahal
The Detroit News
I-75 southbound from 94 is down to one lane near the Warren overpass.

Thousands of drivers are delayed on southbound Interstate 75 from Interstate 94 after a semitrailer crashed into a beam on a Warren overpass Tuesday.

Diane Cross, spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Transportation, said the crash happened about 1 p.m. Tuesday. The damage was expected to take all night to repair. 

The semi driver crashed into one of 32 beams supporting the bridge, which is 10-12 years old. Michigan State Police tweeted there were no injuries in the crash, but  a MDOT worker was hurt while inspecting the bridge for damage.

MSP closed one lane over I-75, but MDOT determined that the Warren bridge was fine and the lane has been reopened to traffic. 

As of 5 p.m., southbound I-75 from I-94 to Warren has only the shoulder open. Cross said thousands of drivers are backed up. 

"South 75 ramps are closed right now and thousands are being detoured," she said. 

Cross said crews also were removing the "Toledo/Civic Center" sign that was damaged. 

Cross suggested fans heading to the Red Wings game against Philadelphia at 7:30 p.m. today take the Lodge or Woodward. 

Crews working to repair a beam supporting the Warren overpass that was damaged during a semi-truck crash.

"I know there's a Wings game tonight but do not plan on taking southbound 75 because we're going to be here for hours," Cross said.

srahal@detroitnews.com