Bridge inspected after tanker crash, explosion

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 3, 2014 at 5:58 pm •  Published: January 3, 2014

DAVISON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Steel from a bridge was being inspected after a tanker hauling crude oil crashed through a guardrail on a snowy Michigan highway, rolled down a slope and exploded.

Officials want to know how much "excessive heat from the fire" may have damaged the bridge in Davison Township, Michigan Department of Transportation spokeswoman Anita Richardson told The Flint Journal in a statement Friday.

"Once samples are tested, our engineers will load-rate the structure and evaluate whether we can open up additional lanes on I-69," Richardson said.

Officials said the truck was carrying tens of thousands of pounds of crude oil. It crashed Thursday onto Irish Road, forcing a brief evacuation of homes and businesses in the Genesee County community near Flint.

The truck driver walked away from the crash but was taken to a hospital as a precaution, according to the newspaper.

Some lanes of Interstate 69 reopened Friday morning, WEYI-TV reported.

The freeway may be closed on and off as inspectors continue their work and if repairs have to be made, said Richardson.

Northbound Irish Road remained closed early Friday. Genesee County Road Commission Manager-Director John Daly said the state Transportation Department would determine what repairs would be necessary before Irish Road could reopen.