AUBURN HILLS (WWJ) – A big mess along I-75 in Oakland County may sound gross — but it’s no danger to public health, according to police.

Northbound I-75 was reduced to two lanes Wednesday near the Chrysler Dr. exit, north of M-59, after a semi truck hauling two trailers carrying an estimated 50 to 55 tons of solid human waste overturned.

Auburn Hills police said the trailers lost their loads off to the side of the freeway, but stressed that this is “treated human waste,” so it is not a hazardous materials situation.

No one was injured in the crash that occurred at around 10 a.m.

A company has been called in to clean up the spill, police said, but the cleanup will not begin until after the evening rush hour to avoid causing a jam.

Traffic backups were reported immediately following the accident, but all lanes of the freeway reopened by around 2:30 p.m.

Crew members speaking to WWJ Newsradio 950’s Jon Hewett at the scene said a complete cleanup was expected to take days.

“This is not a quick fix,” Hewett reported. “Whether there is an environmental issues with it is still unclear.”

The waste was headed to a landfill. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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Comments (10)
  1. Was the local DNC headquarters trying to move?

  2. Dana Place says:

    “but the cleanup will not begin until after the evening rush hour to avoid causing a jam”. It’s Detroit – no one will even notice.

  3. Danny Moore says:

    Did you mean 50,000 to 55,000 pounds of material, because 50 tons is over the legal limit?

  4. Are you sh***in’ me?!

  5. No change to the usual “fragrance” around Detroit…

  6. Democrats leaving the state.

  7. Gordon Gray says:

    Cause of the accident? I wouldn’t be surprised if the Detroit area’s atrocious road conditions weren’t a least partially to blame. Like so much of the area, they’re reminiscent of third world standards…

  8. snailmailtrucker says:

    Just leave it there…No one would notice the difference !

  9. Joe Hall says:

    50 tons ???? No wonder the truck turned over!!! It was overloaded & blew tires, perhaps ! It was probably more like 50 thousand pounds & not tons, but you know how the media loves to exaggerate!!!

  10. Vox Veritas says:

    “Detroit imports feces? Who knew?” asked no one, ever.

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