Update: One Lane Open On Both North, Southbound U.S. 127

By: Caroline Vandergriff Email
By: Caroline Vandergriff Email

One lane of U.S 127 southbound and one lane of U.S. 127 northbound is open as of Tuesday morning at 7 a.m.

Crews are still working to clean the thousands of gallons of liquid asphalt that spilled when a tanker rolled over Monday morning around 5 a.m.

The Ingham County Sheriff's Office says the driver of that tanker was headed north on 127, when he crossed the median and crashed. He was taken to Sparrow Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries and released.

Crews on scene sawed a hole in the back and side of the truck to pump out the remaining asphalt, before righting the tanker.

The truck spilled about 8,500 gallons of CRPE, a liquid asphalt product, onto the grassy median. To keep the tar-like substance from getting into the water supply, environmental clean-up crews have to remove all the contaminated soil and replace it with fresh soil.

A contractor onsite told News 10 he was pleased with the crews' progress, but did not know exactly when the work would be done. A sheriff's deputy said the work will continue throughout the day, and maybe even into tomorrow.

Both sides of the highway were shut down until a little after 6 p.m. Monday night, when one northbound lane reopened. One southbound lane reopened at 7 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Stay with wilx.com and watch News 10 tonight for updates on the situation.


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  • by Josh Location: Okemos on Aug 21, 2012 at 06:15 AM
    Is this going to be an excuse to raise gas prices? It seems like everytime they raise them, it is a story like this.
  • by Patrick Location: Mason on Aug 20, 2012 at 12:10 PM
    Spelled asphalt wrong. that's what I get for trying to get the post out without proofing it. My bad.
  • by Patrick Location: Mason on Aug 20, 2012 at 12:08 PM
    I gald you finally got the story. During the Today Show Newsbreaks, you still had it as a sticky substance was covering the road. Channel 6 did a live shot and had the substance as liquid ashpalt. This was all done before the Today Show was even on. Come guys is this laziness or just lack of ability. In addition to this coverage, the other morning at 6AM the frist story at the top of the hour was that Jordyn Wieber's mother was retuning from the Olympics that day...say what? That's headline news for sure. Your News Director should be fired.
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      by James on Aug 21, 2012 at 06:26 AM in reply to Patrick
      So in other words, you think spilled asphalt is more newsworthy than a local Olympic gold medalist and her family?
  • by Cathy Location: Jackson on Aug 20, 2012 at 10:15 AM
    Someone needs to post police on the detour route to avoid further issues.
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      by ann on Aug 22, 2012 at 06:21 AM in reply to Cathy
      I agree. They should have signs back on 94 telling about it. My husband and I were caught in all that traffic. It took over an hour to get from barnes rd to kipps. It was a mess....I dont know about these truck drivers anymore...seems like they are losing their ablity to drive safe anymore....
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