Northbound I-75 Reopens After Fatal Crash Caused By Spilled Human Waste

January 10, 2019 - 5:46 pm

ERIE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WWJ) - A stretch of  I-75 in Monroe County has re-opened following a sewage spill that led to a fatal crash involving two semi trucks.

According to Michigan State Police, a truck driver was killed after being pinned in his rig when he slammed into the back of another semi in Erie Township, Mich., early Thursday afternoon, near the Ohio state line. 

The crash happened as crews were on scene cleaning up a biohazard spill on the freeway. 

The victim is reportedly a 51-year-old man from Detroit. The man in the semi he crashed into was also hurt.

MSP said a preliminary investigation found a dump truck rolled over at around 9:40 a.m., spilling human waste onto the interstate. The situation worsened, police said, when a truck pulling a camper slid on the substance, causing a chain reaction.

All northbound lanes of I-75 were shut down at Summit following the initial incident, with traffic backed up for miles to Chrysler Drive. At around noon, only the right lane was blocked, with cleanup of the mess ongoing. However, all northbound lanes were once again closed after the two-truck crash at around 1 p.m.

Traffic began moving freely again around 10:30 p.m. after cleanup and investigative crews cleared the area. Traffic was backed up all the way to Toledo.

State Police said the Erie Police Department will be handling the ongoing investigating. 

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