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I-94 near Wayne Road reopened after semi crash

Charles E. Ramirez and Lauren Abdel-Razzaq
The Detroit News

An accident left a semi trailer hanging from the guardrail of the Interstate 94 overpass near Wayne Road in Romulus, shutting down the freeway for most of rush hour.

All roads reopened by 9 p.m. Tuesday, after hazmat crews worked to clean up spilled fuel on Wayne Road that was left behind after the semi truck crashed. The Michigan Department of Transportation said the cab has been removed and was no longer dangling over the edge.

The accident occurred shortly before 2:30 p.m. and snarled traffic in the area all through the afternoon. Both eastbound lanes of the freeway and Wayne Road were closed.

The driver, who has not been identified, was trapped in the cab until he was rescued by Romulus firefighters.

Lt. Michael Shaw with the Michigan State Police said the driver was not seriously injured. “It looked worse than it was,” he said.

Traffic on eastbound I-94 was backed up to I-275 and westbound traffic was slow because of gawkers, MDOT spokeswoman Diane Cross said.

There was no word on how the crash occurred and what the driver was hauling. According to WXYZ (Channel 7) the driver said he began to skid after hitting the breaks. It was raining at the time of the accident. The driver said he tried to avoid hitting anyone else and ended up slamming into the wall and his cab went over the side of the bridge.

cramirez@detroitnews.com

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