Delta Township UPDATE: Northbound I-69 and the Millett Highway overpass has re-opened. A tanker truck carrying liquid nitrogen was leaking on an off-ramp. An expert mechanic was able to cap the leak, and the truck was moved to the Air-Gas Company facility in Delta Township, where the remaining liquid nitrogen was off-loaded.
The Delta Township Fire Department chief estimates 750 - 1000 gallons leaked. There was no damage to the environment or road surface.
Liquid nitrogen is not flammable, but the chief says the concern was that the venting chemical could present a visual problem for drivers, and if cars cam too close there could be respiratory problems.
DELTA TOWNSHIP - A tanker truck is leaking liquid nitrogen on a well-traveled ramp of I-69 in Delta Township.
Eaton County authorities initially described the situation as a "fire incident." News 10 reporter Lorne Fultonberg says he does not presently see a fire. Video from the scene shows a semi carrying a tanker that says "Cryogenic Transportation CTI," and "Nitrogen refrigerated liquid."
Eaton County Sheriff''s deputies are keeping news crews and the public at a distance. The deputy does says that some of the liquid nitrogen is leaking. Experts will attempt to either stop the leak or off-load what liquid is in the tanker to another tanker.
Northbound I-69 just south of the I-96 interchange has been closed, backing up traffic. Millett Highway at the I-69 overpass is also closed. Driver should avoid the area.
The incident began at about 12:45pm Wednesday. There is no estimate on when the northbound lanes of I-69 will re-open.
News 10 is following this development. Stay with wilx.com and watch News 10 tonight for updates.