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I-94 eastbound back open after tanker truck crash in Milwaukee

I-94 eastbound back open after tanker truck crash in Milwaukee

By Jay Sorgi & Matt Montgomery. CREATED Jan 30, 2012 - UPDATED: Jan 30, 2012

Click on the video link to see Tom Murray's story which has DOT video of the actual crash on I-94.

MILWAUKEE- I-94 eastbound is back open Monday afternoon after a tanker truck crashed and flipped over, sending cylinders all over the freeway.  That truck has been towed off the road as of 3 p.m. Monday.

The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department says that crews shut down eastbound I-94 after a crash around 11:20 a.m. Monday near 28th Street on the freeway.

The tanker blocked all eastbound lanes for about four hours Monday, and about 100 canisters broke free and landed in all eastbound lanes and a westbound distress lane.  According to the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department, several of the canisters were compromised and leaked liquid oxygen, which did not pose a danger to the public.

The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department says that a 46-year-old man tried to avoid traffic slowing ahead of him by switching lanes, causing the load on his truck to shift.  He lost control of the truck, which struck the median wall and flipped onto its side, sliding about 20 yards.  The driver was uninjured.

The tanker truck driver received a citation for failure to control his vehicle.

Hazmat crews were at the scene of the crash.

Spokeswoman Fran McLaughlin told Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Jay Sorgi that both sheriff's deputies and Milwaukee Fire Department crews were investigating, but that there was no danger to the public.

The battalion chief said no one was hurt from the truck accident or from the cylinders flying off the truck and into oncoming traffic.

TODAY'S TMJ4 reports that truck belonged to Welders Supply Company.  TODAY'S TMJ4 tried talking to that company, but said they had "no comment".  That company has locations in Big Bend, Burlington, and Beloit.

Video from Chopper 4 showed a series of small tanks that had been found in the median between the eastbound and westbound lanes.

Officials said oxygen was inside those tanks, and hazardous materials teams went to the scene to make sure oxygen was properly drained vented out and the area was cleaned up.

Deputies directed all vehicles on I-94 eastbound to get off on the 35th Street exit.