Crash shuts down State Road 70 near Parmalee for hours


EAST MANATEE -- A driver was seriously injured Friday morning in a crash that caused a chemical spill and closed State Road 70 near Parmalee for five hours, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office said.

According to a news release, deputies responded to a crash at Ogleby Creek Road at State Road 70 at about 9:45 a.m. A semi truck and a Chevrolet pickup truck collided, causing extensive damage to both vehicles.

Firefighters had to cut the driver of the pickup truck out of the vehicle, the release said. The victim was airlifted to an area hospital. His condition was not known.

The Manatee County Hazardous Materials Team was dispatched when it was discovered that chloropicrin, a highly toxic pest control agent, had spilled from the pickup truck. The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the crash, which shut down State Road 70 for approximately 5 hours, the sheriff's office said.

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