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7,200 gallons of fuel spill when tanker overturns on I-95 in Brevard

Driver became distracted before crash, troopers say

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ROCKLEDGE, Fla. – Southbound lanes on Interstate 95 reopened after being shut down for nearly four hours following a fuel tanker that flipped on its side near the Fiske Boulevard interchange.

The accident happened at about 10 a.m. Thursday, News 6 partner Florida Today reported.

There were no immediate reports of any injuries.

Brevard County Fire Rescue crews were on site after reports of a small grass fire near the crash site. The tanker was resting on its side until about 1:30 p.m. when it was uprighted with a special crane, according to reports. The fuel from the fully-loaded tanker was also removed by a cleanup contractor, fire officials reported.  

Traffic was being diverted off of the interstate at State Road 520. Hundreds of motorists also sat in their cars for hours until the lanes slowly opened at about 1 p.m.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers were conducting an investigation into the crash. 

The Florida Highway Patrol said the driver admitted to investigators he looked at his phone prior to the crash.