Miami-Dade County

Fiery Crash on Major Roadway Near Downtown Miami Causes 100-Gallon Fuel Spill

The crash took place just after 3:30 a.m. along State Road 112 near Northwest 17th Avenue

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A fiery crash involving a tractor-trailer near downtown Miami caused a 100-gallon fuel spill and had all lanes of a major roadway closed for several hours Thursday morning.

Miami Fire Rescue Lt. Pete Sanchez said the crash took place just after 3:30 a.m. along State Road 112 near Northwest 17th Avenue.

Sanchez said a tractor-trailer carrying just over 100 gallons of fuel side-swiped a SUV and jackknifed itself into the median before erupting in flames.

The driver was able to escape the tractor-trailer and avoid serious injury, suffering minor burns. Three passengers in the SUV were treated for minor injuries at the scene and none were transported to the hospital, officials said.

Emergency vehicles attempted to remove the trailer and clear the scene, causing the eastbound lanes to be closed before they were cleared shortly before 10 a.m.

Drivers were advised to avoid the roadway for much of the morning rush hour as a Florida Highway Patrol investigation continues.

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