Bloomfield Twp. I-75 ramp disintegrated after tanker flipped, ignited
Bloomfield Township — Part of an Interstate 75 ramp in Bloomfield Township disintegrated after a fuel tanker flipped over and ignited over the weekend, and will be closed indefinitely for repairs, authorities said.
The roadway surface "looks like gravel" after an estimated 13,500 gallons of unleaded gasoline burned it, said Mike Morin, Bloomfield Township fire chief, on Sunday.
The eastbound, upper Square Lake Road exit of I-75 will be closed indefinitely for repairs, Morin said.
The tanker driver was taken to a hospital but did not have burns or life-threatening injuries, officials said.
The tanker company hired a contractor to clean up the spill. The Michigan Department of Transportation will oversee the environmental impact as a result of the incident and the road repairs, Morin said.
"Our biggest concern is the runoff, obviously with the environmental issues ... and the fact that he had a full load of fuel on there," Morin said.
Morin said there are no issues such as water contamination.
About 90% of the gasoline in the tanker burned out. MDOT took soil samples to see how much fuel onto the ground. They also monitored whether black smoke was dispersing into surrounding neighborhoods.
The incident was reported about 8:30 p.m. The area, known as the I-75 business loop, was closed as crews responded to the fire. It was reportedly extinguished about 1 a.m. Sunday.
A hazmat situation was declared and Bloomfield Township Police encouraged anyone in the area feeling ill to call 911. Those who live nearby were told to shelter in place.
Southbound I-75 was closed from M-59 to Eight Mile while emergency crews responded.