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Diesel truck overturns, spills 7,500 gallons of fuel on Jackson County highways

Tallahassee Road Closed
Posted at 6:07 PM, Dec 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-22 18:07:23-05

JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — The intersection of highways 90 and 69 in Jackson County is closed for the remainder of Tuesday, Dec. 22 after 7,500 gallons of diesel fuel spilled outside Blondies in Grand Ridge, Jackson County Sheriff's Office confirmed.

According to Florida Highway Patrol, the tractor-trailer, driven by a 56-year-old man was traveling westbound on US Highway 90 preparing to turn left (south) onto State Road 69.

A witness said that he had a green light but there was a truck traveling eastbound and did not appear to be slowing so he kept his speed up to complete his turn, as outlined in the report.

According to FHP, another vehicle turned in a southerly direction, the 7500 gallons of diesel fuel in the trailer moved heavily to one side causing the other vehicle and the trailer it was pulling to overturn.

The other vehicle came to final rest on the right side facing south in the eastbound lanes of US Highway 90.

If you are traveling to Sneads from Marianna, take alternate routes.

The driver of the tanker has been transported to Southeast Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. There is no information available on the other vehicle.