24 hours later, EB I94 still shut down in Detroit, cleanup continues

Eastbound I94 still closed near Wyoming more than 24 hours after an inferno destroyed the roadway. The closure is expected to last at least through the weekend but the surface problems are just the beginning.

When the burning fuel tanker crashed in Detroit Wednesday, the massive fire billowed thick, black smoke into the Metro sky. The fire didn't only come from the tanker and surrounding cars: it was also spotted spewing from the sewer grates.

The Michigan Department of Transportation is hard at work to fix the damage tot he pavement to make it passable but environmental experts are focusing now on what's happening under the freeway. Almost 13,000 pounds of fuel seeped into the sewer system and pump station. That's not even the only issue for the pump station: it's also overflowing with the substance used to put out the fire.

They're still working to pump all of the water out of the pump station so cleaning crews can get in to clean all the fuel out of the pump station. The water is pumped into large shipping containers as other crews move in with hoses that generate 2,000 pounds of water pressure.

Officials still plan to have I94 open by late Sunday.

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