Overturned Semi Truck Spills Fuel And Cargo Onto SB US-23, Causes Freeway Closure

WASHTENAW COUNTY (WWJ) — A box truck overturned along southbound US-23, closing the freeway at N. Territorial Road during Monday evening’s commute.

The semi truck reportedly was involved in an accident with a small SUV and flipped over, leaking fuel. Michigan State Police have said that the freeway could be closed until as late as 1 p.m. Tuesday.

(Photo: Bill Szumanski/WWJ)

(Photo: Bill Szumanski/WWJ)

It is currently not know what the truck was carrying, but the accident is being treated as a HAZMAT situation.

WWJ’s Bill Szumanksi was overhead in Chopper 950 and reported that dozens of emergency vehicles were on the scene into Monday night.

(Photo: Bill Szumanski/WWJ)

(Photo: Bill Szumanski/WWJ)

Szumanksi reported that the truck landed on its side after sliding nose-down into a grove of trees on the side of the road, causing the top to split open and spilling about a dozen blue barrels out over the top of the truck and into the grass.

Backups were reported to at least to 9 Mile. The eastbound M-14 ramp to northbound US-23 was also closed down.

There have been no reports of injuries.


(Photo: Bill Szumanski/WWJ)

(Photo: Bill Szumanski/WWJ)



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