Road re-opened after semi hauling hazardous material overturns

The scene of a rollover crash involving hazardous materials.
The scene of a rollover crash involving hazardous materials.(Michigan State Police)
Published: Mar. 18, 2023 at 1:55 PM EDT
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LAPEER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WNEM) - Parts of I-69 between M-24 and Lake Nepessing Road have re-opened after a semitruck that was hauling dangerous goods overturned, the Lapeer Fire Department said.

First responders were dispatched to the scene at 4:54 a.m.

The road was closed due to the volatility of products being transported by the Ontario based hauler, AirTime Express, the Lapeer Fire Department said.

The Michigan Department of Transportation and Lapeer County Road Commission installed detours after the incident.

Investigators said the dangerous goods were identified as 1-methoxy-2-propanol which was being stored in 15 55-gallon drums.

Officials said a puddle of liquid discovered at the rear of the overturned semi close to where the trailer sustained significant damage from the rollover.

An investigation by the hazardous materials team from Michigan Spill Response concluded that the 55-gallon drums were not compromised, and the liquid found near the rear of the truck was water.

Investigators said the truck was transporting a mixed load carrying dangerous goods, USPS packages, and other products.

The fire department said the scene has been cleared and the incident was turned over to law enforcement and MDOT. Mitigation and recovering efforts are being handled by Byers Wrecker Service.

MDOT said Saturday afternoon both Westbound and Eastbound I-69 remain between M-24 and Lake Nepessing Rd were re-opened.

No one was injured in the incident.

A cause has not been determined.