Northbound I-75 reopens after fatal crash; southbound still closed

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A fatal single-vehicle crash in Sarasota is being investigated, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

  • Crash involved semi fuel tanker
  • North and southbound lanes of I-75 closed
  • Drivers should take alternate route

The crash happened Friday at about 10:45 p.m. on Interstate 75 and involved a semi fuel tanker.

Troopers say a fuel tanker transporting about 8,500 gallons of fuel overturned. Officials estimate 2,500 gallons spilled onto the roadway.

The truck driver, whose identity has not been released, was killed in the crash, according to FHP.

Emergency crews had to transfer the remaining fuel to another tanker truck.

Northbound and southbound lanes of I-75 from exit 182 to exit 179 were closed while crews were at the scene. Northbound lanes have since reopened. Southbound lanes are expected to remain closed into Saturday evening, according to troopers. 

The extended closure is needed to allow crews to clean up the area and possibly make roadway repairs.

Drivers will need to find an alternate route during the closure.

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September 24, 2016 |

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