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All SB I-75 lanes back open in Sarasota following overturned fuel tanker

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Posted at 6:15 AM, Dec 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-28 20:20:30-05

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. — The Florida Highway Patrol says all lanes on southbound I-75 are back open after a fuel tanker overturned early Tuesday morning.

Troopers said the tanker overturned shortly before 5 a.m. It happened at mile marker 172.

According to a press release, a "catastrophic failure of a tire" caused the truck, driven by a 40-year-old Palm Harbor man, to leave the road and overturn in the grass.

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All southbound lanes were closed between exits 179, Toledo Blade Boulevard, and 170, Kings Highway, while crews assess the fuel leakage.

North Police Police said roughly 200 gallons of fuel have leaked. NPD was on the scene along with Sarasota and Charlotte County HAZMAT teams, and North Port Fire Rescue.

NPD said the driver was taken by ground to the hospital. FHP said his injuries were minor.