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NB I-75 reopens after chemical spill

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(04/22/13) - It was a rough morning commute for people traveling along I-75 near Birch Run, Monday.

A tanker truck chemical spill shut down a nearly two-mile stretch of highway - and it was nearly 18 hours before it was fully back up and running.

Crews were still working hard Monday morning to clean up accident, which leaked acrylic acid onto north and southbound I-75 just south of the Birch Run exit.

"I'm driving from Detroit and have to go to Bay City for a job. It's roughly an hour and 45 minutes. Today, it's an extra hour," said John Plichota.

"I came from work at Flint Truck and Bus, it was at least 45 minutes, usually takes 25," said Jim Fisette.

Southbound lanes reopened by 8 a.m. Monday, but northbound remained closed. As a result, traffic began backing up throughout the Birch Run area as many commuters searched for alternative routes around the accident.

"I had to get over and then there was an accident on 57 that held it up even further," said Bob Magnin, of Linden.

While the delays frustrated drivers, the extra traffic did pay off for many local businesses.

"It was kind of busy with people trying to find their way back to 75. It was nice for business, and I know that sounds bad," said Ronnie Jones, manager at Conlee Oil.

It took a while, but I-75 northbound reopened to traffic at around 11:30 Monday morning.

The tanker was on its way to Dow Chemical in Midland, from Texas. The truck is owned by Trimac, and fire crews say the driver was taken to the hospital, but they're not sure on his condition. They say he was walking when he was rescued from the cab.

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