BROOKSVILLE — A cleanup was needed on Interstate-75 in Hernando County in the early hours of Friday morning after a tractor-trailer rig overturned and caught fire.
The crash on I-75 near mile marker 303, shortly before 2:30 a.m. Jan. 10, resulted in the spilling of about 150 gallons of diesel fuel, according to Hernando County Fire Rescue.
The driver of the overturned truck was able to escape from the vehicle before fire crews arrived on the scene in response to a 911 emergency call. Two fire engines, two water tankers, one rescue unit and a battalion chief were at the crash scene.
Neither the driver nor any of the responding firefighters were injured, according to Hernando Fire Rescue.
The northbound lanes of I-75 were closed temporarily while firefighters doused the flaming wreckage and used their hoses to contain the fuel spill.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection responded to the crash scene to aid the effort to clean up the fuel leak.
Around noon Friday, Hernando Fire Rescue reported that the northbound lanes of I-75 had reopened to traffic.
The cause of the crash is under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol. The 911 caller, however, reported that a tire on the tractor-trailer rig had gone flat prior to the crash, according to Hernando Fire Rescue.