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Tanker truck fire closes I-75 for 2 days west of Detroit

A tanker truck lost control and wiped out on a stretch of I-75 in the early hours of Thursday morning, leaving the driver in critical condition and the highway closed in both directions.

Highway expected to be closed for 'a couple of days' for road repairs

A tanker crashed and burned on 1-75 in the early morning hours of Aug. 20. (Michigan Department of Transportation/Twitter)

A tanker truck lost control and wiped out on a stretch of I-75 in the early hours of Thursday morning, leaving the driver in critical condition and the highway closed in both directions for days to come.

The Michigan State Police responded to the crash at 3:20 a.m.

The incident forced the closure of I-75 between Schaefer and Southfield roads.

Michigan State Police First Lieut. Michael Shaw told CBC News in an email that these closures are expected to last for "a couple of days" so that road repairs can be made.

Police say the crash happened in the southbound lanes of the highway, south of Schaefer Road, on the eastern edge of Detroit.

According to a news release, the truck struck the median wall, before coming to rest on the northbound side of the highway.

Police say the truck had more than 30,000 litres of gasoline on board, at the time of the crash.

The Michigan Department of Transportation said southbound lanes could open early Thursday but northbound lanes will be closed for several days.

The 53-year-old truck driver suffered severe burns and was listed in critical condition after the crash.