Those out for a recent Sunday afternoon drive probably heard about the tanker truck that overturned, shutting down several Florida highways for hours and interrupting service on the Tri-Rail commuter rail line.
The accident happened on Interstate 95 in Dade County, not far from West Palm Beach. It took place in a traffic area of networked roads and ramps better known as the Spaghetti Bowl. The truck driver apparently lost control of his semi-truck when he attempted to merge onto the Palmetto Expressway, causing it to flip onto its side. It stopped on the ramp bridge over the Tri-Rail commuter line. The impact of the truck crashing punctured the tank and thousands of gallons of fuel oil spilled onto the interstate and the railroad tracks below. Officials immediately closed down the commuter line.
No other vehicles were involved in this incident. The driver was able to escape from the cab and was treated by emergency personnel for minor injuries. Florida Highway Patrol closed down several roads and ramps in the area so cleanup could take place. Another tanker truck was brought in to transfer the remaining fuel from the first truck – this took several hours.
It is unclear what caused the driver to lose control. Investigations are underway.