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5 people hurt after fuel tanker catches fire on Interstate 95 in Delray Beach

All southbound lanes open; 2 northbound lanes open
I-95 Delray Beach tanker fire, Oct. 25, 2022
Posted at 1:41 PM, Oct 25, 2022
and last updated 2022-10-25 18:38:18-04

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — A fuel tanker caught fire on Interstate 95 in Delray Beach after a three-vehicle crash near the Atlantic Avenue exit, injuring five people.

The wreck, which also involved two other cars, occurred at about 1:15 p.m. Tuesday in the northbound lanes, just south of the Atlantic Avenue interchange, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The crash caused large flames and heavy smoke.

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Delray Beach Fire Rescue said that three people were critically injured. They later tweeted at 5:51 p.m. that a total of five people were hurt.

There were major traffic delays in southern Palm Beach County for much of the afternoon as drivers sought alternate routes.

All southbound lanes reopened just before 4:30 p.m. Two right lanes on the northbound side reopened at about 5:30 p.m., according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

WSVN chopper view of Interstate 95 fire aftermath, Oct. 25, 2022
All lanes of Interstate 95 were closed in both directions after a vehicle fire Oct. 25, 2022, in Delray Beach, Fla.

FHP said the wreck happened when two cars and the fuel tanker were heading northbound on I-95. One of the cars traveled into the fuel tanker's lane of travel, resulting in a collision. The fuel tanker truck overturned and caught fire.

Fuel from a tanker flowed through a storm drain on I-95, causing a secondary fire on the west side of the highway, according to Delray Beach Fire Rescue.

Delray Beach Fire Rescue, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue and Boca Raton Fire Rescue responded to the scene to extinguish the large flames. FHP and the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office also responded to the scene.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.