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Southbound U.S. 23 reopens after semi crashes into Owen Road bridge

 A semi truck crashed into the Owen Road bridge over southbound U.S. 23 in Fenton.
A semi truck crashed into the Owen Road bridge over southbound U.S. 23 in Fenton. (WJRT)
Published: Dec. 26, 2019 at 2:05 PM EST
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(12/26/2019) - Authorities closed the southbound lanes of U.S. 23 at Owen Road for more than two hours Thursday after a semi truck crashed into the bridge.

The crash was reported around 1:40 p.m.

The semi went off the freeway and rode up an embankment before hitting the bridge and catching fire. Videos from the scene show the semi truck's cab engulfed in flames.

The truck driver suffered minor injuries in the crash, according to the Fenton Police Department. No other vehicles were involved.

Both lanes of southbound U.S. 23 and the eastbound lanes of Owen Road were open at 3:30 p.m., but police asked motorists to avoid the area while crews investigate and clear the scene.

The Owen Road exit ramp from southbound U.S. 23 remained closed.

The Michigan Department of Transportation sent a crew to evaluate whether the Owen Road bridge suffered any damage. Spokeswoman Jocelyn Hall said the bridge suffered no serious structural damage and no immediate repairs were planned.

Another MDOT crew plans to visit the site on Friday to conduct a full damage assessment.

Watch for updates on ABC12 News First at Four and online.

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