Selmon Connector reopened after hazardous spill cleanup, Tampa Fire Rescue says


TAMPA (WFLA) — Tampa Fire Rescue was dispatched to the scene of a hazardous material spill on the Selmon Connector Friday morning. While Selmon connector to I-4 was closed due to the spill, as of 4:13 p.m., it has reopened, officials said.

According to Tampa Fire Rescue, a fuel tanker had leaked jet fuel from its container during transport, around 10:05 a.m. The driver noticed the fuel leak and made “an abrupt stop.” They called 9-1-1 and pulled over on the shoulder.

The Hazardous Incidents Team from TFR arrived on scene and called for a full alarm and more personnel to assist due to ignition concerns. In all, about 100 gallons of jet fuel had spilled on the road. As a result, “the entrance ramp to the Selmon connector from the WB direction of the Selmon Expressway was closed,” TFR said.

Fire personnel reportedly placed absorbent clay granules to soak up the fuel and a hose line charged with water on the ground was used. Personnel also prepared a foam operation in case of fire. Alongside Tampa Police and the Florida Highway Patrol, the connector was closed for cleanup, then reopened.

Tampa Fire said the driver was not injured. The Selmon Connector was reopened before 5 p.m.

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