I-69 Closed For Several Hours

Interstate 69 at Range Road was closed with traffic backed for several hours Tuesday, after a truck struck the overpass on westbound I-69 at about 3:30 p.m.  That portion of the freeway was shut down for approximately four and a half hours and reopened by 8:00 p.m. according to the St. Clair County Sheriff Department.  Authorities say an Imlay City man was on westbound I-69 when a piece of his dump-style truck struck the overpass on the border of Port Huron and Kimball townships.  The crash sent the truck’s trailer into the middle of westbound lanes under Range Road and the semi-tractor into the woods alongside the freeway.  The driver suffered minor injuries and was transported from the scene.  Another vehicle drove through behind the trailer, but did not sustain major damage.  The sheriff department’s accident investigators were called to determine the exact cause of the incident.  Vehicles backed up on westbound I-69  were escorted off the freeway by 4:45 p.m.  Other parts of the roadway as well as Range Road overpass were blocked from traffic as well.  The Michigan Department of Transportation was called to determine if there was structural damage to the overpass.