NOVI (WWJ) – A truck driver was briefly stranded on his waterlogged semi after it crashed into a retention pond off of I-96 in Novi.

The accident happened early Wednesday morning off westbound I-96 between Novi and Beck roads.

The driver apparently lost control of the truck, which went off of the freeway and landed on its side on the edge of a retention pond. Emergency crews responded to the scene and used an inflatable boat to rescue the driver, who was standing on the truck’s fuel tanks. He was uninjured.

By 8:30 a.m. crews had made progress in cleaning up the wreck and were able to pull the truck out of the pond.

(credit Bill Szumanski/WWJ Newsradio 950)

(credit Bill Szumanski/WWJ Newsradio 950)

Motorists are getting by the scene in the left lane only. The right two lanes are blocked. Traffic is backed up for at least a mile.

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 incidents now on the CBS Detroit Traffic Page.

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