DETROIT – The driver of a tanker that crashed Thursday and burst into flames on I-75 just south of Detroit has died.
Michigan State Police said 53-year-old Roddy Blaine Winn was driving the truck containing about 8,000 gallons of gasoline was heading southbound on the interstate around 3 a.m. when he lost control near Outer Drive, hitting the median wall and crashing onto the northbound lanes.
Following the crash, MSP Lt. Mike Shaw said Winn had been taken to a hospital to be treated for burns on more than 90 percent of his body.
-- Roddy Winn
Winn worked for Corrigan Oil Company. The company released the following statement Friday:
"We are deeply saddened by the loss of a longtime member of the Corrigan family," said Mike Corrigan, president of Corrigan Oil Company. "Corrigan Oil has been family owned for over 50 years and considers every employee to be a part of that family. Our thoughts and prayers will remain with the driver's wife and two daughters during these tough times."
The crash closed the freeway in both directions for several hours. The southbound lanes reopened later in the day, but the Michigan Department of Transportation said northbound lanes could be closed for a week for repairs.