A fuel tanker overturns, spilling thousands of gallons of aviation fuel in Belvedere Road.
As a result, all lanes of Belvedere Road at Florida Mango Road are closed near West Palm Beach.
The crash occurred near Palm Beach International Airport.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said the tanker overturned while making a turn onto Belvedere Road.
Capt. Albert Borroto with Palm Beach County Fire Rescue said the tanker may have had up to 8,000 gallons of fuel on board. The surrounding area north of crash is being evacuated for safety, he added.
Deputies are at the scene routing traffic while crews clean up the fuel. Crews stabilized the vehicle and said chances of it sparking are minimal.
It’s unclear if the driver was hurt.
Palm Beach County Fire Rescue confirmed the tanker belongs to Menzies Aviation.
About 1,600 gallons of aviation fuel was “off-loaded” from the tanker and another 200 were removed from storm drains, Borroto said. The tanker holds up to 8,000 gallons. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection was called in to assess the scene and the damage.
First emergency responders arrived at the site of the crash soon after the crash happened and the crash victim was transported to the hospital for treatment.
All lanes of Belvedere Road at Florida Mango Road are closed due to the crash, causing traffic delays. It is best to completely avoid this route and make use of alternative routes such as Prairie Road or S Congress Avenue.
Please drive with caution and stay safe.
Attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck comments on this tanker truck crash in West Palm Beach: “We don’t know what caused this accident at this time but we hope it wasn’t from distracted driving. As we know, a major cause of accidents is from distracted driving. Please always pay attention to the road when you are behind the wheel. If you’ve been injured in an accident, make sure you are properly represented by an experienced trial accident attorney.”
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