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Semi-truck Explosion Causes Businesses To Evacuate

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DAVISON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A truck hauling crude oil has crashed on a snowy Flint-area expressway, forcing a brief evacuation of homes and businesses.

The driver walked away from the crash at 11 a.m. Thursday on Interstate 69 in Genesee County's Davison Township.

Michigan Department of Transportation spokeswoman Anita Richardson says I-69 could be closed up to 12 hours. Snow was falling with winds gusting to 23 miles per hour and the temperature was about 14 at the time.

MLive.com reports the truck was carrying tens of thousands of pounds of crude oil. The crash caused a fire, releasing toxic fumes.

Officials briefly ordered a 1-mile evacuation of the area and advised people to stay indoors. A nearby senior center was open for anyone who needed a place to go

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