NB I-75 at I-375 reopens after tanker flip, fuel spill

The Detroit News
Crews worked for more than eight hours clearing an overturned tanker leaking fuel on Interstate 75 at the I-375 ramp in downtown Detroit on Jan. 8, 2019.

Detroit — The northbound lanes of Interstate 75 at I-375 in downtown Detroit opened Tuesday afternoon after being closed for nearly 12 hours as crews worked to clear an overturned tanker and a subsequent fuel spill. 

The crash was first reported by the Michigan Department of Transportation before 1 a.m. Tuesday. HAZMAT teams worked Tuesday to clean the spill and drain the truck of its load of gasoline and diesel fuel. Traffic was closed from the early hours until around 12:45 p.m., according to Michigan State Police. 

Traffic was forced off at Gratiot. The crash also caused the closing of the ramp to northbound I-75 and southbound I-375.

Michigan State Police officials said around 10:45 a.m. a  crew was cleaning up the last section of the ramp, which had the most fuel on it and is extremely slippery.

The tanker was full with 3,500 gallons of diesel and gas — and separated from the chassis during the accident, according to officials. Crews had to drain the tank before it could be removed. 

Workers are seen cleaning up spilled fuel and debris after a tanker overturned closing the I-75 northbound lanes at I-375 Jan. 8, 2019.

The trailer carried five separate tanks and was hauling clear diesel fuel, dyed diesel fuel and 87 octane gasoline, police said.

Meanwhile, the tanker's driver sustained only minor injuries in the crash, the state police said. He told troopers after he came into the curve his truck fishtailed and he lost control, they said. Officials also said drugs are not suspected to have been a factor in the crash.