I-94 in St. Clair Co. reopens after milk tanker spill

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

One lane of westbound Interstate 94 at Range Road in Marysville has reopened after a tanker full of milk rolled over on the freeway Monday morning.

However, the freeway's ramp off onto Range Road will be closed for the next four to six hours while crews work to clean up the milk spill and load the tanker's remaining cargo onto another truck, St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon said in a statement.

Marysville is about 55 miles northwest of Detroit.

The crash happened just after 9:30 a.m. and no one was injured, Donnellon also said, but the accident closed the freeway closed for hours.

Police said the tanker rolled over after swerving to avoid hitting a vehicle parked in the right lane of I-94 at Range Road. The vehicle, a 2004 Nissan sports utility vehicle, apparently ran out of gas, according to Donnellon.

The tanker clipped the rear end of the Nissan and the truck's driver, a 34-year-old Harbor Beach man, lost control of his rig, officials said. The trailer broke away from the truck's cab and rolled over the freeway until it stopped on its side.

Authorities said the cab went into the ditch and the tanker blocked all lanes of I-94, Donnellon said.

Police have cited the Nissan's driver, a 36-year-old Dearborn Heights man, for careless driving, he also said.