Southbound I-75 reopened in Charlotte County after tanker overturns

The southbound lanes of Interstate 75 were closed for more than nine hours in Charlotte County on Thursday after a semi overturned and spilled thousands of gallons of fuel.

The truck overturned around 6 a.m. after the driver swerved to avoid a car stopped in the merging lane at the Jones Loop Road exit, NBC-2 reported. The driver was not injured.

Traffic was diverted onto Jones Loop near the 161 mile marker and re-entered the interstate from Tuckers Grade Road near the 158 mile marker, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Officials with the Environmental Protection Agency told NBC-2 there are no concerns for wildlife because of the spill.

UPDATE: I-75 is now open in both directions.

Southbound Interstate 75 is closed near mile marker 161 in Charlotte County after a fuel tanker overturned at about 6 a.m. Thursday.

Delays are expected to continue throughout the morning, according to Florida Highway Patrol dispatchers. Clean-up machinery is arriving from Tampa to offload between 200 to 900 gallons of fuel from the truck.

Fuel is leaking, however it has been contained at this time, an FHP statement said.

Southbound traffic is being diverted onto Jones Loop near mile marker 161 and re-entering I-75 from Tuckers Grade Road near mile marker 158. Drivers should expect delays in both directions and southbound drivers should avoid the area. It is unknown when the roadway will be re-opened.

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