DETROIT (WWJ) – A pleasant surprise for drivers along I-94 in Detroit. The section near Wyoming Road that had been closed because of a tanker fire last week reopened Saturday – 36 hours ahead of schedule.

Large sections of the eastbound pavement had to be repaired because of that fire.

The truck driver suffered minor injuries in the crash.

Crews poured new cement along a roughly 150-foot stretch of I-94 eastbound at Wyoming on Friday, the site of a tanker accident and fire that damaged the freeway on Wednesday.

Skip Powelson with Poco Incorporated — one of the crews on site handling the repair — spoke with WWJ Newsradio 950’s Jon Hewett about what goes into the repair effort.

“The roadway was so bad that if they let traffic flow — the kind of traffic the runs on 94 — it would have torn that road up, it would have fallen apart, so they had to fix it, close it,” Powelson said.

Dearborn Fire Chief Joseph Murray said the accident was between a car and the tanker — which crashed into the overpass and burst into flames. That caused the tanker to lose about 12,000 gallons of gas and diesel fuel, while the other vehicle flipped onto the other side of the freeway.

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