AUBURN HILLS (WWJ) – A busy portion of I-75 in Oakland County was in the middle of the morning commute due to a vehicle fire and fuel spill.
The incident unfolded around 7:30 a.m. Thursday on I-75 just south of M-59, near Square Lake Road.
According to police, a pickup truck pulling a landscaping trailer was traveling southbound when the driver lost control and struck the temporary construction median barrier, sending the truck over the median wall.
During the crash, the truck’s fuel tank ruptured and a fire ignited. The truck also had an auxiliary fuel tank in the bed of truck that ruptured spilling approximately 30 gallons of diesel fuel on both northbound and southbound and I-75, creating a hazmat situation.
The Auburn Hills Fire Department extinguished the fire and assisted with the fuel spill. Dan’s Excavating, the construction company on working on I-75 project, and the Michigan Department of Transportation also assisted with the roadway clean-up and re-opening the roadway.
Video taken by WWJ Traffic Tipster Lou Lobsinger shows the charred shell of a pickup truck in the middle of the median wall.
The driver suffered a minor injury in the crash, but refused medical transport.
The freeway was completely closed for several hours, but has since reopened.