Westnedge Ave. closed for hours after tanker crash

Westnedge Avenue
A tanker rests on its side following a crash on Westnedge Avenue. (Aug. 30, 2017)


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — S. Westnedge Avenue in Kalamazoo was shut down for nearly seven hours Wednesday after a tanker rolled over, blocking all four lanes of traffic.

Westnedge Avenue
Caution tape blocks Westnedge Avenue after a tanker crash closed the thoroughfare in Kalamazoo. (Aug. 30, 2017)

The crash happened around 3:31 p.m. near the Inkster Avenue intersection.

Witnesses told police a southbound car crossed the center lane, hitting the tanker truck. The truck then began to roll, colliding with a third vehicle, according to the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety.

One person suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene, officers said.

S. Westnedge Avenue was shut down in both directions. Crews said they would bring in another truck from Northern Michigan to transfer the wrecked tanker’s contents. They then righted the tanker truck. The road reopened around 10:20 p.m.

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“We know that Westnedge is a major artery coming in and out of downtown. We understand it’s a tremendous inconvenience, but we’re asking folks to drive around (and) avoid the area if you can,” said Sgt. Jason Hendrick of the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety.

It’s unclear what the truck was hauling, but officers assure the content is not hazardous, flammable or combustible, and there is no danger to the public.

Investigators say alcohol and speed do not appear to be factors in the crash, which is under investigation.