NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
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NTSB SENDING TEAM TO INVESTIGATE TANKER TRUCK FIRE THAT LED TO BRIDGE COLLAPSE NEAR DETROIT

July 16, 2009

The National Transportation Safety Board has launched a three-member team to investigate yesterday's multiple- vehicle accident that resulted in a fire and bridge collapse.

At about 8:10 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, July 15, 2009, a tanker truck carrying approximately 9,000 gallons of gasoline rolled over on the northbound lanes of I-75 in Hazel Park, Michigan. Following the rollover, the tanker-truck was struck by a tractor-trailer, which was followed by a large fire under a bridge, ultimately leading to its collapse. Three injuries have been reported.

Senior Highway Safety Investigator Pete Kotowski is the Investigator-in-Charge and will lead the NTSB team.

NTSB Media Contact:
Peter Knudson
(202)314-6100
peter.knudson@ntsb.gov

 

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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal agency charged with determining the probable cause
of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.