It is becoming just a little too much of a daily occurrence but instead of a rail freight car crashing, today we see a massive explosion and fire erupt from an oil tanker crash in Detroit... As gas prices remain low, the shift from rail to road will likely increase the frequency of these scenes....
A massive tanker fire on eastbound I-94 in Dearborn has shut down both directions of the freeway between Addison and Michigan Avenue. The fire is raging on the Detroit - Dearborn border.
At least two vehicles, in addition to the tanker, are on fire. There is no word on injuries at this time. A number of people can be seen on the side of the road. Flames can also be seen coming from sewer system manholes.
One witness says they heard what sounded like an explosion.
The heavy black smoke can be seen for miles. Rob Morosi from the Michigan Department of Transportation says crews are re-routing traffic. Once the fire is out, Morosi says crews will assess any damage to the freeway, and expects that the freeway will be closed for an indefinite amount of time.
The images are stunning...
I-94 at Wyoming is closed in both directions because of tanker fire. At least 2 cars also involved. pic.twitter.com/5J77odrxe2— Halston Herrera (@ClickOnHalston) March 11, 2015