A truck carrying contaminated dirt and other waste crashed on westbound I-94 in Detroit today, and drivers are being encouraged to avoid the area because the westbound lanes may remain closed for hours.
In addition, there are reports that eastbound traffic is also slow there.
“If you don’t have to travel that area for the next few hours I would probably try to stay away from it,” Michigan State Police Sgt. John Shields said at about 10:20 a.m. today.
The accident happened about 8:30 a.m. near the John R overpass. Shields said details about the accident, including what caused it, remain under investigation.
An alert from the City of Detroit Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management said the truck rolled over. There were conflicting reports on whether the waste was treated or untreated.
Shields said the crash site has been cordoned off and that emergency personnel have moved their perimeter farther away than initially as a safety precaution.
In addition to a closure of westbound I-94 to the Lodge, the southbound I-75 ramp to I-94 is closed. Westbound traffic on I-94 is being funneled onto I-75, although Shields said drivers who have to travel west might want to consider alternate routes, such as I-696.