News

Actions

Semi catches fire on southbound Turnpike in Palm Beach County

Driver hurt; 300 gallons of diesel spilled
Posted at 9:04 AM, Mar 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-15 17:53:08-04

A tractor-trailer fire caused big backups Wednesday on Florida's Turnpike southbound between Lake Worth Road and Boynton Beach Boulevard. 

RELATED: Real-time traffic | GALLERY: More photos here

 

The semi, which was hauling electronic equipment, caught fire around 8:30 a.m. just north of the Boynton Beach Boulevard exit.  

The incident closed all southbound lanes and some northbound lanes. The driver of the big rig was injured and transported to a local hospital.

Officials said about 300 gallons of diesel fuel spilled on the ground.  

The fire was extinguished just before 9 a.m. 

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue and the Florida Highway Patrol have since left the scene and by early afternoon traffic was again moving swiftly.

Tokyo Olympics Medal Count as of early morning July 28, 2021