UPDATE: I-75 back open in Sarasota County after fuel tanker crash

FHP said the crash involved a single vehicle fuel tanker transporting approximately 8500 gallons of fuel having lost approximately 2500 gallons upon the semi overturning.

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – The Florida Highway Patrol troopers are investigating a single vehicle fatal crash involving a semi fuel tanker.

It happened Friday at 10:45 p.m. Northbound and southbound lanes of I-75 were closed late Friday and all day Saturday from exit 182 Sumter Boulevard to exit 179 mile Toledo Blade. All lanes were back open as of 11:12 pm Saturday night.

FHP said the crash involved a single vehicle fuel tanker transporting approximately 8500 gallons of fuel. It lost approximately 2500 gallons upon overturning. The tanker came to a final rest extending across all southbound lanes of I-75 just south of the Sumter overpass.

The DEP was contacted as well as the city’s public works department, according to a city spokesman. The city hauled dirt to contain the fuel spill and fuel fire department vehicles.

Crews from NPFR, NPPD, FHP, Nokomis Fire, Charlotte County, Sarasota County, and Southern Manatee assisted in the efforts. 

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