Breaking: SB I-75 closed after semi hit overpass, caught fire - WNEM TV 5

Breaking: 3 lanes open on SB I-75 after semi hit overpass, caught fire

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BAY COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Things are getting back to normal after a semi crash on a Mid-Michigan highway left behind a damaged overpass.

MDOT reports that three lanes are now open on southbound I-75 at Salzburg Road, the 161 mile-marker, after a semi hit the overpass Wednesday afternoon. That means that only a single lane closure is in effect, in order to protect the temporary supports. The northbound lanes of I-75 were closed for a short period of time, but have since reopened.

The Bay County Road Commission also reports that the Salzburg Road overpass is back open thanks to repairs being completed.

The semi-truck was in the southbound lanes when it hit the overpass and caught fire just before 2 p.m. Wednesday. 

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Following the crash, MDOT posted a photo of the overpass on Twitter. The photo showed a very visible crack to one of the beams.

"We actually have a statewide bridge crew that's going to be sending up some staff with temporary support beams. They're going to use them to ensure that we can stabilize Salzburg over I-75," said Jocelyn Hall, spokesperson for MDOT. "Our crews will continue to take a look at any remaining damage that they need to take into consideration and it will probably take us a couple of weeks before we're able to establish if a long term permanent fix is needed and what those costs and the actual work involved might entail."

We have been told the driver of the semi is OK. He had minor injuries and was taken to the hospital.

The semi was hauling pallets of fiberboard that were scattered on the roadway.

A Bay County Sheriff deputy said they don't believe anyone ran the semi-truck driver off the road, but the investigation continues.

Monitor Township Fire Chief John Kramer said this is one of the bigger wrecks he has worked on in his career.

"It's up on top of the bridge. It's behind the sign on the other side. I mean, he hit it right at full speed. What he was going, I don't know. But it was a good impact," Kramer said. "He's very lucky to be alive. I'm pretty sure he had his seatbelt on because he wouldn't have survived if he didn't."

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