Tanker truck catches fire on northbound I-75 in Troy; freeway ‘could be closed for days’

Troy police say I-75 could be closed for days

Massive tanker fire closes I-75 in Troy
Massive tanker fire closes I-75 in Troy

TROY, Mich. – A massive tanker truck fire burned for hours Monday on northbound I-75 in Troy, and the freeway could be closed for days, officials said.

Click here to view several videos and photos of this fire.

The fire started in the northbound lanes near Big Beaver Road. Officials said scrape marks along the dividing wall show the truck was up against it for hundreds of yards before coming to a stop.

UPDATE: I-75 in Troy to remain closed through Tuesday morning rush hour after massive tanker truck fire

Police said the fire began around 1:15 p.m. Monday (July 12). Firefighters finally put it out around 3:20 p.m.

Southbound I-75 is closed at Square Lake Road, and the northbound lanes are closed at Rochester Road, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation. The freeway could be closed for days, according to authorities.

Troy police said the driver of the tanker was taken to a nearby hospital. His current condition is unknown.

You can see videos and photos of the fire and smoke below.

Monday, July 12, 2021 news brief
Monday, July 12, 2021 news brief

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