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I-94 Reopens After 5-Hour Waste Cleanup

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DETROIT (WWJ) - Westbound I-94 was shut down for almost five hours on Thursday after a dump truck carrying waste flipped over.

The accident happened around 8:30 a.m. Thursday, closing the freeway between I-75 and M-10,

Talking to WWJ’s Kathryn Larson at the scene, fire officials initially thought they were dealing with a hazardous materials situation after State Police said the truck was carrying waste from a septic tank.

But, according to Robert Doyle from EQ Detroit, the truck, which is owned by a third-party company, was carrying non-hazardous waste material that was headed to a landfill after being treated at the EQ Detroit facility.

Doyle said the truck driver said he was trying to avoid a collision after being cut off.

No injuries were reported.

Firefighters wearing gas masks could be seen using shovels to remove the “powdery green substance” from the roadway.

According to their website, EQ Detroit is one of the largest waste processing facilities in the United States. The plant provides treatment services for hazardous and non-hazardous liquids, solids, sludges and debris. EQ Detroit’s treatment technologies include oil/water separation, chemical oxidation, biological treatment and chemical precipitation.

The freeway reopened at around 1:30 p.m.

For the latest from the roads, stay with WWJ Newsradio 950 during Traffic and Weather on the 8s, 24-hours a day. Check for recent traffic incidents now on the CBSDetroit Traffic Page.

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