TONOPAH, Ariz. - A semi-truck crash on Tuesday led to a massive fuel leak, prompting the closure of Interstate 10 in Tonopah for hours.
The crash happened just after 10 a.m. on Aug. 22 at milepost 97 near Wintersburg Road. The Arizona Department of Public Safety says a commercial truck was pulling a fuel tanker when it rolled over into the median.
The driver was hospitalized with minor injuries. A DPS trooper suffered a heat-related illness and was taken to a hospital.
Arizona Fire and Medical Authority says HAZMAT crews responded to the scene where more than 7,600 gallons of mixed fuel was leaking from the overturned semi.
Firefighters say crews had to drill into non-leaking tanks to move the fuel to a secondary transport vehicle. The operation lasted for several hours and the highway was closed until the area was deemed safe.
Both directions of the interstate are back open.
A semi-truck crash on Aug. 22 led to a massive fuel leak, prompting the closure of Interstate 10 in Tonopah. (KSAZ-TV)
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