Tanker overturns on I-75, spills gas, closes lanes for hours - KLFY News 10

Tanker overturns on I-75, spills gas, closes lanes for hours

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The emergency crews at the scene The emergency crews at the scene

Northbound lanes on Interstate 75 between Bee Ridge Road and Fruitville Road closed Wednesday morning after an accident involving a tanker. Two lanes have re-opened as of 4:30 p.m. Officials say the roadway  fully re-opened at about 8 p.m.

About 20 emergency units were at the crash scene removing fuel from the tanker. A crane was brought in later to remove it.

Officials say the tanker was driving southbound and made a dramatic left turn off the interstate, into the median and crashing into a ditch along the northbound lanes. He tried to avoided hitting other cars. The crash happened at about 5:42 a.m. Four other vehicles got into an accident soon afterwards. 

The tanker spilled an estimated 250-500 gallons of gasoline into the ditch along the interstate. It was carrying about 8700 on board. The crews are cleaning up the spill. The tanker driver 71-year-old Thomas Grattan of Brooksville was airlifted, and an ambulance took the pickup driver to a hospital as well.

Grattan is currently in serious condition.

Try to avoid this stretch of the highway. Officials are diverting traffic at Bee Ridge Road.

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