FORT LAUDERDALE -- Crews in Broward County were working to clean up a small spill and transfer 9,000 galloons of fuel after a traffic accident resulted in a tanker truck overturning on Interstate 595, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
The crash happened at 9 a.m. on the westbound lanes of I-595 just east of I-95 and resulted in crews closing all lanes of I-595 while they worked to upright the truck, remove the fuel and transfer the remaining gas into a second trailer, according to a written statement from FHP.
There were no reports of injuries but motorists were warned to expect delays.
Troopers said the tanker truck was involved in a side-swipe collision with another vehicle before the truck driver lost control and flipped over. An estimated 20 gallons of fuel leaked from the vehicle before it was contained.
The accident prompted the closure of all lanes of I-595 east of I-95. Motorists were urged to use Griffin Road as a detour.
The sheriff's office said motorists should expect lengthy delays until the situation was resolved.
According to FHP, the entry to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and to Port Everglades was being affected by the accident.
FHP said eastbound traffic was being diverted to the Florida Turnpike and I-95 while westbound traffic was being diverted to southbound lanes of I-95.
The FHP also said it planned to close westbound I-95 at US Highway 1 at Port Everglades.
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