semi flipped I-75

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Southbound I-75 Re-Opens After Overturned Gravel Hauler Caused Long Closure

Drivers urged to avoid the area

May 15, 2019 - 3:09 pm

(WWJ) -- A stretch of southbound I-75 in Wayne County is back open after a closure of more than seven hours caused by an overturned gravel hauler.

The freeway was shutdown south of the Rouge River Bridge.

The gravel hauler overturned and spilled its load on the southbound lanes near the Schaefer/Fort exit, which remained closed until around 8 p.m. The right lane, right shoulder and exit ramp to Outer Drive remained closed for some time after the freeway re-opened. It was unclear what caused the incident.

According to Michigan State Police, the driver of the semi suffered minor injuries after reports say he had to be extricated from his flipped rig. Reports say another vehicle was involved in the crash, but police did not release details.

The crash caused major backups during the afternoon commute.

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