Westbound I-4 reopened in Tampa after tanker truck fire

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Interstate 4 westbound lanes were closed in Tampa for more than two hours after a small tanker truck hauling tar overturned and then caught fire.

The fire occurred on I-4 east of 22nd Street, in the westbound lanes. According to the Florida Highway Patrol report, the driver of the truck Shameek A. Wright, 56, of Largo, lost control of the vehicle, and it veered to the outside shoulder of the roadway. The truck overturned and its load and the vehicle itself caught on fire.

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The fire was put out and the lanes were reopened in more than two hours.

The driver was alert and taken to a local hospital. He suffered serious injuries. No other vehicles were involved in the accident, and officials said no one else suffered injuries.

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