One dead in fiery two-vehicle crash

Update – All lanes on Interstate 95 were reopened by 9 p.m., according to the FHP site. Still no word on what caused the fatal crash.

Earlier story

A person is dead after a fatal two-vehicle crash that spilled thousands of gallons of chemicals in the roadways and shutdown Interstate 95 in both directions for several hours, according to highway troopers and fire rescue officials.

Troopers went to the crash involving a semi-trailer and an SUV about 4 p.m. Wednesday at mile marker 162 on the interstate, according to Florida Highway Patrol spokeswoman Kim Montes and the traffic site. The crash is in Brevard County, just north of Indian River County.

The crash caused the semi-trailer to overturn and catch fire. The driver of the semi was pronounced dead at the scene, Montes said.

Two others were taken to the hospital; details on their conditions and which vehicle they were in were not immediately available.

The semi spilled 4,000 gallons of hydrogen peroxide and about 80 gallons of diesel onto the road, said Brevard County Fire Rescue spokesman Don Walker. Fire crews are working to clean up the spilled chemicals.

FHP closed southbound lanes at mile marker 173 and northbound lanes at mile marker 156.

No waterways were affected from the crash, Walker said. FHP is investigating the cause of the crash.

Photos provided by Brevard County Fire Rescue 

This story will be updated when more information becomes available.

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