TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – One person was taken to the hospital following a multi-vehicle accident with an oil tanker on Sunday morning.
According to Tampa Fire Rescue, first responders were dispatched to an accident involving a Honda CRV and a semi-truck carrying 8700 gallons of fuel near the off-ramp to I-275NB around 3:47 a.m.
The 31-year-old woman driving the Honda and the 53-year-old man driving the semi were traveling alongside each other on I-275 northbound as they approached Busch Blvd.
As they neared the exit ramp, the Honda converged into the outside lane and collided with the semi. Police said the two vehicles then departed the travel lanes and entered the grass shoulder at the exit ramp and caught fire. The two vehicles along with nearby grass and trees were involved in the fire.
Upon arrival, responders reported seeing heavy smoke and flames from the retention pond located at the I-275 Busch Blvd. exit ramp.
Due to the nature of the fire, additional resources were called to extinguish the fire, including a foam truck.
Within 20 minutes of the foam being deployed, the fire was put out. According to Tampa Fire Rescue, no firefighters were injured and all occupants were out of their vehicles when first responders arrived.
The occupant taken to the hospital sustained minor injuries from the accident.
Traffic on I-275 was shut down in north and southbound directions from Fowler Avenue to Bird Street until 6:27 a.m., as well as the closure of secondary roadways that reopened at 9 a.m.
The Florida Highway Patrol will be conducting the traffic investigation. According to officials, charges are pending for the 31-year-old.