Jet fuel spill reaches Hogan's Creek
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A crash Tuesday afternoon on northbound Interstate 95 near 8th Street involved a tanker truck that spilled 2,000 gallons of fuel, authorities said.
The crash, which was reported about 2 p.m., happened when another semi and the tanker collided, causing jet fuel to come gushing out into the middle of the interstate.
Fire department spokesperson Tom Francis said the fuel actually was jet fuel, which has a flash point of 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
The driver of the tanker suffered minor injuries and was cited for improper lane change in the crash, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
The crash report said about 2,000 gallons of fuel spilled on the interstate. About 600 gallons of that fuel made its way to nearby Hogan's Creek
State environmental workers have set up booms on the urban creek, which runs south into downtown. They are trying to collect as much of the fuel as possible.
On Wednesday, a Florida Department of Environmental Protection spokesperson sent News4Jax the following update:
The contractor has recovered 1-2,000 gallons from tanker. An estimated 1,500 gallons to impacted nearby soil areas. The contractor will be excavating these areas. An estimated 600 gallons reached Hogans Creek. To contain the spill, booms have been deployed and a vacuum truck and skimmers are being dispatched for removal efforts. All other remaining spilled amounts were recovered by Jacksonville Fire and Rescue and the responsible party’s contractor’s clean-up efforts."
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