FHP: I-4 traffic backed up in Volusia after semi swerves to avoid tire

Fuel spills out onto westbound I-4 in DeLand


DeLAND, Fla. – Westbound lanes of Interstate 4 were shut down on Monday morning for hours after a tractor-trailer swerved to avoid a tire in the roadway, jackknifed and spilled fuel onto the roadway, according to troopers.

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The crash was reported at milemarker 121 near State Road 44 in DeLand just after 5 a.m.

The Florida Highway Patrol said a trooper was stopped on the shoulder on westbound I-4 trying to retrieve a large piece of tire out of the road when a tractor-trailer swerved to avoid the tire in the road and jackknifed.

Fuel spilled out and westbound lanes of the interstate had to be shut down, troopers said.

The Volusia County Professional Firefighters Association said traffic is backed up for miles and that drivers should expect major delays.

No major injuries were reported.

No other details were immediately available.

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