SB I-75 back open after tanker fire

Barry Miller

SB I-75 back open after tanker fire

CREATED Sep. 12, 2013 - UPDATED: Sep. 12, 2013

FORT MYERS, Fla. - I-75 SB at Alico Road is back open after a tanker fuel truck caught fire Thursday morning.

It happened around 9:30 a.m. on southbound I-75 shutting down the interstate from Alico Road south.

The driver was able to safely bring the truck to a controlled stop on the shoulder and exit the vehicle.  The vehicle, carrying 3,000 gallons of diesel fuel and 500 gallons of gasoline, became fully engulfed.  Multiple fire departments arrived on scene and extinguished the fire.  Once the remaining fuel was cool enough, it was pumped into another tanker truck.  The southbound lanes of Interstate 75 were
closed for approximately 6 hours.