- Associated Press - Thursday, August 20, 2015

MELVINDALE, Mich. (AP) - Police say an early-morning tanker crash and fire critically injured the truck’s driver, closing a freeway and sending flames into the air that illuminated the Detroit-area sky.

State police say the crash was reported about 3:20 a.m. Thursday in Melvindale, near Detroit.

A preliminary investigation found the 53-year-old driver of a truck containing about 8,000 gallons of gasoline was heading southbound on Interstate 75 when he lost control, hitting the median wall and coming to rest in the northbound lanes.

Lt. Mike Shaw says fire crews had the flames out around two hours later. The driver was taken to a hospital with severe burns.

The crash closed the freeway in both directions. The Michigan Department of Transportation says northbound lanes could be closed several days for repairs.

Police are investigating.

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