Fuel, vinegar spill after 3 semitrucks crash in Clay County

1 driver seriously injured, troopers say


One person was hospitalized after a Friday morning crash involving three semitrucks that resulted in thousands of gallons of vinegar spilling onto U.S. 301 at County Road 218 in Clay County, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

According to the Highway Patrol report, all three semis were traveling in the right northbound lane of U.S. 301 about 10:30 a.m. when two of the semis slowed down due to traffic. That's when one semi collided into the back of another semi, causing that semi to veer off the road, troopers said. The first semi then continued forward and struck the rear of the third semi, troopers said. 

According to troopers, 5,000 gallons of vinegar spilled from one of the trucks and 200 gallons of diesel fuel also leaked onto the highway. All northbound lanes of U.S. 301 were blocked while crews cleaned up the scene.

Troopers said the driver of the first semi, a 44-year-old South Carolina man, was taken to Orange Park Medical Center with serious injuries. He was issued a careless driving citation, according to the Highway Patrol report.

The other two semitruck drivers were reportedly uninjured. 

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