MYAKKA CITY - Almost 3,000 gallons of liquid fertilizer spilled onto State Road 70 and into a ditch after a trailer on a semi-truck overturned this morning, causing the road to be closed for several hours in both directions.
Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Chris Miller said at about 6:30 a.m., the driver of semi-truck hauling a trailer holding a dozen 250-pound containers of fertilizer failed to negotiate a curve on S.R. 70, just east of Verna Road. The trailer overturned on its right side causing the load of fertilizer to spill.
Firefighters said 95 percent of the load spilled onto the road, and into a nearby ditch on the south side of the road, Manatee County Public Safety Capt. Larry Leinhauser said. The crash closed the road in both directions until 12:40 p.m., according to Miller.
“There was quite a bit of cleanup needed, which caused the closure,” Miller said.
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Leinhauser said the spill was contained and posed no threat to residents or livestock in the area, though a Manatee Hazmat Team responded to investigate any potential threat.
The truck is owned by Helena Chemical Co. out of Fort Pierce. The 66-year-old driver of the truck suffered non life-threatening injuries and was transported to Manatee Memorial Hospital. Miller said the crash was still under investigation. Helena Chemical paid for an environmental cleanup contractor to respond to the scene and conduct cleanup operations, according to Leinhauser. In addition to the Hazmat Team, Manatee County EMS, the Myakka City Fire Department, East Manatee Fire Rescue, the Florida Highway Patrol, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Transportation all responded to the crash.