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Pedestrian overpass collapses on Southfield Freeway

Posted at 7:09 AM, Sep 26, 2014

METRO DETROIT, Mich. — A pedestrian bridge has collapsed over the Southfield Freeway, shutting the road down and causing major traffic issues in Detroit early Friday morning.

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Courtesy: Roop Raj Twitter Account

According to FOX 2 News, Traffic is backed up for miles with many motorists stuck near the site of the collapse.  One of their reporters, Roop Raj, tweeted photos and reported Detroit Lions Quarterback Matthew Stafford was among those drivers stranded on the freeway.

Courtesy: Roop Raj Twitter Account

Courtesy: Roop Raj Twitter Account

Early reports indicate the bridge may have collapsed after it was struck by a semi truck.  In a live interview with Michigan State Police, FOX 2 News learned that the driver of the semi truck was injured, and later died at the hospital.  Nobody was on the bridge at the time.

The incident happened early enough in the morning commute to where the impact on traffic was not as severe as it could have been.