A tanker fire on I-94 in Dearborn burned for nearly two hours, sending flames and thick black smoke billowing into the air.
The tanker exploded around 11 a.m. in the eastbound lanes. The tanker burned with a car stopped sideways directly in front of it. It was extinguished around 1 p.m.
- Westbound I-94 is closed at Addison/Ford Road exit.
- Eastbound is closed at the Greenfield Road exit.
Dearborn police say only minor injuries have been reported.
Eyewitness Andrew Bender said the explosion looked like a bomb.
“The smoke was really thick and strong. You could feel the heat. Like, I had my windows down, and you could feel the heat all the way from the other viaduct all the way across. It was probably not even a quarter mile. I mean and as I was driving away you could feel and hear multiple more explosions even if you weren’t like right next to the actually fire itself,” Bender said.
Michigan Department of Transportation spokesman Rob Morosi said a detailed investigation into the fire’s effect on the roadway will need to be done.
“At this time we’re in a holding pattern. There is a protocol allowing the fire department to do their job to get the fire extinguished. Once they clear the scene for us to get in and do some assessments, we’ll get in there and check on the pavement conditions, as well as the bridges,” he said. “We’re looking at a pavement that is asphalt based. The fire will obviously char that surface. Now, how far the deterioration goes below the surface, that is something that we’re going to have to determine once the scene is cleared.”