Oakland County Ramp Will Have To Be Rebuilt After Massive Explosion, Tanker Fire [VIDEO]

WWJ News
July 13, 2020 - 8:39 am

(WWJ) The ramp from Square Lake Road to Opdyke Road in Bloomfield Township will have to be rebuilt after a tanker explosion and fire that sent an enormous fireball and cloud of smoke over the area.

The Bloomfield Township fire chief tells WWJ the pavement was turned to gravel after 13,000 gallons of fuel burned following the crash Saturday evening.  Crews will be taking soil samples and checking on any environmental damage in the area.  There are no health concerns for residents in the area.  

The fuel tanker rolled over and exploded as it was exiting the I-75 freeway at Opdyke Road in Bloomfield Township at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 11.

There were no fatalities or serious injuries. The driver, a 50-year-old Detroit man, extricated himself from the truck and was treated at the scene by Bloomfield Township paramedics/firefighters. He was transported to an area hospital. He was not believed to be seriously injured.

Bloomfield Township Fire Chief Mike Morin said the initial investigation indicated the truck rolled over exiting the expressway, exploding and caught on fire. 

There were immediate concerns about the environmental impact of the flames and smoke, however, the Michigan Department of Transportation has assumed control of the site and will do ground sampling. Air quality samples were also taken throughout the incident, but there is no indication of any health threats.

Chief Morin said the Opdyke Road exit of the eastbound business loop where the accident occurred will likely be closed for at least a week. 

Firefighters had the fire under control and extinguished by about 11:30 p.m. Several other area public safety agencies assisted Bloomfield Township police and fire in the response including Waterford, Southfield, Birmingham, West Bloomfield, Auburn Hills, Madison Heights, Royal Oak, Ferndale, Rochester Hills, Bloomfield Hills, Troy, Oakland County and Star EMS. 

“There was great cooperation among all the agencies,” Morin said.  “We got a really good response from everyone. It just fell into place.” 

Bloomfield Township Leo Savoie supervisor added, “I am pleased that Bloomfield Township has such fine fire and police departments. They do a superior job, as was shown by their fast and efficient action in dealing with this situation,” said