Eastbound I-696 reopens at Groesbeck after tanker crash

Sarah Rahal
The Detroit News

Roseville — Eastbound Interstate 696 near Grosbeck Highway reopened Saturday evening after a semi-truck carrying liquid nitrogen crashed and briefly caught fire.

Roseville Fire Department firefighters and investigators secure a semi-tractor tanker fire which caused the closure of I-696 and Grosebeck Highway on Saturday, February 15, 2020.

The semi-truck collapsed in the shoulder of eastbound I-696 at 1:15 p.m. Investigators determined the tanker caught fire around the wheels on the right side and the truck was not stable enough to tow off the freeway to offload the nitrogen.

MDOT spokeswoman Diane Cross said Michigan State Police and Roseville Fire Department responded to the scene and checked the air quality for any possible leaks.

Michigan State Police said no one was injured in the incident. MDOT tweeted at 8:21 p.m. that all lanes had been cleared.