Gas tanker overturns on U.S. 1 in Florida Keys

Driver suffers minor injuries, deputies say

By Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor

LONG KEY, Fla. - A gas tanker overturned Monday morning on U.S. Route 1 in the Florida Keys, authorities said.

The crash was reported at about 6:30 a.m. at mile marker 70 in Long Key. 

Monroe County Sheriff's Office deputies said the tanker went off the road and into mangroves.

One of its containers ruptured, spilling about 2,600 gallons of gasoline into Florida Bay, deputies said.

The driver was taken to Mariners Hospital in Tavernier with minor injuries. 

Fire Rescue crews "applied foam to mitigate any ignition potential and placed a spill boom in the mangroves to try to minimize runoff," authorities said in an email.

Traffic delays were reported on the Overseas Highway throughout the morning because of the crash. The roadway was reopened in the area at about 1 p.m. 

No other vehicles were involved, authorities said.

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. 

The state Department of Environmental Protection, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the U.S. Coast Guard also responded to the fuel spill.

Florida Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman Sarah Shellabarger said in an email to Local 10 News that no storm drains were affected. 

She said an environmental contractor has been hired to conduct spill response and cleanup activities.

"Once the tanker has been removed, OER staff will assess any shoreside impacts from the incident and conduct an incident report," Shellabarger said. 

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