Massive Michigan Crash Closes I-69
A semi-truck carrying hydrogen sulfide crashed into a guardrail and flew off the road Thursday in Davidson Township. Local businesses have been evacuated and motorists are being asked to use alternative routes. According to officials, the road closure could last up to 12 hours.
Locals have been ordered to stay indoors to avoid exposure to any hazardous chemicals. Originally there was an order to evacuate the surrounding 1-mile area, but that has since been lifted.
The truck driver’s condition has not been released.
What is hydrogen sulfide?
According to Osha.gov, hydrogen sulfide (also known as H2S, sewer gas, swamp gas, stink damp, and sour damp) is a colorless gas known for its pungent “rotten egg” odor at low concentrations. It is extremely flammable and highly toxic.
Hydrogen sulfide is used or produced in a number of industries, such as:
• Oil and gas refining
• Pulp and paper processing
• Rayon manufacturing
While the cause of the accident has not been revealed, slippery road conditions could be the culprit. Michiganders are most susceptible to motor vehicle accidents when snow and ice blanket the road. Goodwin & Scieszka would like to remind all drivers to:
• Use the utmost caution when driving in cold temperatures
• Give yourself a greater travel window to avoid having to drive fast
• Never use your cell phone
• Monitor the weather
• Brush off all of your windows before driving
Though simple, following these tips will significantly reduce the chances of you being injured in a motor vehicle accident.
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If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, our firm is here for you. Call today and let us fight for the recovery you deserve.