Bridge Inspected After Tanker Crash, Explosion

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DAVISON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- State inspectors were taking steel samples from a bridge a day after a tanker hauling crude oil crashed through a guardrail on a snowy highway, rolled down a slope and exploded.

Michigan Department of Transportation spokeswoman Anita Richardson tells The Flint Journal in a statement Friday that the samples will be evaluated to determine how much damage from the fire was done to the bridge in Genesee County's Davison Township.

The truck crashed Thursday, forcing a brief evacuation of homes and businesses. The newspaper reported the driver walked away from the crash, but was taken to a hospital as a precaution.

WEYI-TV reported that some lanes of Interstate 69 near Flint reopened Friday morning.

Officials say the truck was carrying tens of thousands of pounds of crude oil.

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