Updated: All I-94 lanes reopened after 30,000-pound semi carrying liquor rolls over
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Editor's note: This article has been updated with corrected information regarding the cleanup effort.
Update: The crash scene had been cleared as of 5:25 p.m., a dispatcher with the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office said. One lane of eastbound Interstate 94 remained closed Monday afternoon after a semi-truck weighing about 30,000 pounds and carrying a full load of liquor overturned, causing hours of traffic delays.
Sgt. Mark Thompson, of the Michigan State Police, said a car lost control while hydroplaning at 8:40 a.m. Monday and collided with the semi truck. The driver of the truck lost control and the semi rolled over onto the shoulder, on eastbound I-94 west of Huron Street, Thompson said.
“The semi was in the center lane when a passenger car lost control due to rain and water on the roadway,” he said. “The car struck the semi causing the semi to lose control and leave the roadway.”
The driver of the semi truck suffered minor injuries and the driver of the car did not suffer any injuries. The identities of the two individuals were not known as of Monday afternoon.
The truck was loaded up with liquor that had to be taken out of the truck by hand, Thompson said. Because of the positioning of the semi near a ditch, the pallets could not be unloaded by equipment, he said.
As of 2:50 p.m., one lane of the freeway remained closed for the cleanup effort, a dispatcher with the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office said.
The Michigan Department of Transportation and the Washtenaw County Road Commission were on scene assisting with traffic, Thompson said.
There was no word from police on whether anyone was ticketed for causing the crash.