Hardee County, Florida - UPDATE: At 11 p.m., a clean up crew finished cleaning leaked fuel from the overturned tanker on SR 64 E.
Hardee County Emergency Management says the clean-up company now intends to remove the fuel from the saddle bags of the semi.
View photos of the accident here
Officials say approximately 4,300 gallons of gasoline and diesel spilled on the ground from the accident, which will be removed from the ditch tonight with excavation to continue in the morning.
They say the clean-up will result in partial lane closures in the morning.
The road continues to be closed between Kelly Roberts Road, and Parnell Road until after midnight, though SR 66 serves as an alternate route for motorists.
10 News will continue with updates as they become available.
A tanker carrying 8,000 gallons of diesel and gasoline overturned just before 3 p.m. today off SR 64 East in Hardee County.
According to Polk County Fire Rescue, the following agencies have responded to the scene:
- Hardee County Fire Rescue
- Hardee County Emergency Management
- Polk County Fire Rescue Hazardous Materials Team
- Highlands County Fire Department
The semi-tanker was traveling eastbound when it lost control and overturned. The accident, according to Polk County Fire Rescue, caused the tanker to spill approximately 4,500 gallons onto the shoulder.
At 8:20 p.m. a clean up crew began drilling the first of four holes needed to remove the remaining fuel from the overturned tanker on SR 64 East in Hardee County.
All fuel must be removed before the tanker can be hauled away. Crews anticipate the road closure to continue through midnight as they complete the initial clean up.
Excavation of the contaminated soil will take place tomorrow and will involve partial road closures. Motorists are asked to use SR 66 as an alternate route.