Update: Crash Closes U.S. 127 Near Mason
VEVAY TWP - Crews have righted a tanker truck filled with a tar-like substance that has closed down US-127 in both directions Monday. Ingham Coiunty Sheriff's Office says the driver, a 60-year-old man, from Macomb County, likely fell asleep causing the accident in the early morning hours. About 8,500 gallons of a liquid asphalt product, CRPE, was spilled. Specialty workers will be on the scene to remove the matieral from the road and the median.
At last word this work was expected to last through the day and into Tuesday. Drivers who normally travel US 127 south of Mason and north of Leslie should avoid the area. Traffic is being diverted off US-127 to a nearby service road, Hull Road, but that is slow going.
The driver of the truck suffered a minor injury and was treated and released from the hospital.
MASON - Due to an accident, northbound and southbound US-127 between Barnes Road and Kipp Road, near Mason, is expected to be closed for most of the day today, August 20.
It is anticipated that the freeway will remain closed in both directions until sometime this evening due to clean-up of the accident.
Motorists are advised to avoid area and to find an alternate route when traveling in this area. Traffic is being diverted to Hull Road, but is moving slowly.
The semi spilled over 10,000 gallons of an asphalt emulsion, which sticks to the road. It will take a long time to clean the freeway of this material.
Stay with FOX 47 for updates on the situation.
U.S. 127 north and southbound are closed between Barnes Road and Kipp Road due to an accident.
A tanker has flipped over leaking some sort of solution on the roadway.
The truck rolled, spilling some sort of sticky solution all over the highway.
The driver was taken to a local hospital.
Please try to avoid the area.