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Posted on Wed, May 19, 2010 : 3:54 p.m.

Crash has all lanes of I-96 near US-23 east of Brighton closed

By Cindy Heflin

A crash involving a car and semi has closed all lanes of the I-96 freeway near US-23 in Livingston County this afternoon as crews work to clean up a potentially hazardous substance.

The freeway is expected to open around 9 p.m., said Sgt. Melinda Logan of the Brighton Post of the Michigan State Police. The crash occurred in the eastbound lanes of I-96 just east of Pleasant Valley Road, she said.

Post Commander Gene Kapp said the semi tipped over in the crash, breaking open a few barrels of a tire lubricant called Mono-Lube. Kapp sad the substance is not explosive but can be volatile, and the highway must be closed until it is cleaned up. The Livingston County hazardous materials team is assisting with the cleanup, he said, as is Corrigan Towing in Brighton.

The crash occurred about 1:30 p.m, Kapp said. In closing all lanes, "we're erring on the side of caution," Kapp said. He noted large equipment is needed to clear the wreckage.

The semi driver was taken to the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor with unknown injuries, Kapp said. The injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. He had no information on whether anyone in the car was injured.

The truck was carrying 70 55-gallon drums of the lubricant, but only a few of them were knocked off in the crash, Kapp said.



Wed, May 19, 2010 : 7:18 p.m.

'Twas pretty bad on the freeway. Took 2 hours to get back to Ann Arbor from Novi.

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Wed, May 19, 2010 : 4:51 p.m.

Grand River through Brighton is getting rather packed, but it's not too bad considering the problem.