(OCALA, Fla.) July 7, 2017 – An eighteen-wheeler, carrying rocks, was involved in a traffic accident which resulted in a rollover and spill of its contents over multiple lanes on I-75.

Ocala Fire Rescue units were dispatched to the vicinity of mile marker 351, on I-75 Southbound, at 12:57 AM, where a collision between a truck and a Mercedes was reported. Upon arrival Engine 3, Rescue 3 and Tower 1 encountered a trailer, which had gone through the southbound guard rails, laying on its side in the northbound lanes with its cargo – river rocks – spread over the road. Firefighters assessed the state of those involved. While the truck driver did not report injuries, two of the three individuals traveling in the second vehicle involved – a black Mercedes – were transported to the hospital as a precaution.

While wrecker crews cleaned the roadway, a fuel leak emerging from the tractor’s saddle tanks was identified. Approximately 20 gallons of diesel fuel was spilled. The State of Florida was notified of a warning point.

With one southbound lane and all northbound lanes of I-75 temporarily closed, a needed detour was established at exit 350 (SR 200). Lanes remained closed for approximately three hours, but became operational before morning commutes begun.

Ocala Police Department, Florida Highway Patrol, and Marion County Fire Rescue also responded. 

Contact:      Ashley Lopez, Public Information Officer

Telephone: (352) 629-8306

Mobile:       (352) 817-5914      

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