Crash of truck into river shuts US-23 near Whitmore Lake
Update 11:55 a.m.: The freeway was reopened about 11:45 a.m., a Livingston County dispatcher said.
Northbound US-23 is closed this morning at M-36 near Whitmore Lake, following the crash of a truck into the Huron River. The highway will likely remain closed for a couple of more hours, Green Oak Township Fire Capt. Tracy Chamberlain said at 7:40 a.m
The semi truck went off the road north of Silver Lake Road and into the Huron River about 5 a.m. today, Chamberlain said. Firefighters used a boat to free the driver from the cab, which was partially submerged, Chamberlain said. The driver suffered minor injuries but did not require transportation to a hospital.
Crews are working to remove the part of the truck that is still blocking the freeway, Chamberlain said.
Police Chief Bob Brookins told the Livingston Daily Press & Argus that the 46-year-old semi driver told police he misread signs in a construction zone on the freeway. The truck crashed through a retaining wall, the newspaper reported.
A Google traffic map showed severe traffic backups in both directions on the freeway.