DETROIT (AP) — A section of Interstate 75 in downtown Detroit remains closed, a day after a tanker truck exploded and caught fire.

State police Lt. Michael Shaw says the tanker truck was carrying 9,000 gallons of unleaded fuel when it exploded about 8:45 a.m. Sunday.

Northbound I-75 remains closed from the I-96/M-10/Fisher Freeway connector to Mack Avenue. (photo: Joh Hewett/WWJ)

Northbound I-75 remains closed from the I-96/M-10/Fisher Freeway connector to Mack Avenue. (photo: Joh Hewett/WWJ)

The driver wasn’t hurt, but the crash forced the closing of I-75 at I-375.

Shaw says northbound I-75 at the I-375 interchange remain closed Monday as the Michigan Department of Transportation assessed the fire damage and determines when it’s safe to reopen it. Shaw says it’s unclear how long the closing will last.

Northbound I-75 remains closed from the I-96/M-10/Fisher Freeway connector to Mack Avenue. (photo: Joh Hewett/WWJ)

Northbound I-75 remains closed from the I-96/M-10/Fisher Freeway connector to Mack Avenue. (photo: Joh Hewett/WWJ)

The lieutenant says the trucker told investigators mechanical problems caused his vehicle’s back tires to lock and the tanker to overturn.

 

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