(Updated) Driver hospitalized after vehicle strikes Dingell Drive overpass on Eureka Road near Metro Airport

(Photo courtesy of Melissa LaForest)


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub |
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Published August 30, 2019 — 5:30 PM EST 

Update–Aug. 31, 4:30 PM:

As of 2:15 p.m., Eastbound Eureka Road—between Wayne Road and Middlebelt Road—reopened. The Dingell Drive ramp to eastbound Eureka also reopened, following an accident on Friday. Crews worked around the clock to make repairs and remove debris from the roadways.

Initial post:

A driver was hospitalized Friday after the commerical vehicle they were driving struck the Dingell Drive overpass on Eureka Road in Romulus shortly before noon.

The collision caused significant damage to the bridge, located just south of Detroit Metro Airport.

Falling debris from the collision with the bridge caused the driver’s injuries.

Traffic in the area is currently being rerouted.

“Traffic around the south end of Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport is being rerouted. Eastbound Eureka Road—between Wayne Road and Middlebelt Road—and the Dingell Drive ramp to eastbound Eureka are closed,” a statement from Detroit Metro Airport officials said.

The boom on the vehicle is what struck the overpass.

It was not properly stowed at the time of impact, the statement said.

The driver sustained injuries due to falling concrete.

He was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Another person, who was injured in a nearby car, was treated at the scene and released.

“Contractors with the Wayne County Airport Authority are currently assessing the structural damage to the bridge. The roadways may be closed through the holiday weekend. Westbound Eureka Road is open,” the statement said.


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