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Vehicle with flammable liquids crashes on I-275 in St. Petersburg

Traffic backs up behind the scene of an accident Tuesday morning on Interstate 275 near the Fifth Avenue N exit in St. Petersburg.

CHERIE DIEZ | Times

Traffic backs up behind the scene of an accident Tuesday morning on Interstate 275 near the Fifth Avenue N exit in St. Petersburg.

ST. PETERSBURG — All lanes of Interstate 275 are open after a van carrying flammable materials crashed Tuesday morning near the Fifth Avenue N exit, officials said.

Officials say the Chevy van was stuck on the guard rail. A hazardous materials team responded. One of the tanks leaked, authorities said

Southbound traffic was diverted between 22nd Avenue N and Fifth Avenue N exits, officials said. Drivers were routed through the 22nd Avenue N and 38th Avenue N exits.

Northbound traffic also was closed for a time, but all lanes were reopened by 10:25 a.m. while southbound traffic was blocked. Those lanes reopened about 11 a.m.

The van rolled three times before landing on a guard rail on the median, said Lt. Joel Granata, St. Petersburg Fire Rescue spokesman.

The van was carrying three tanks of acetylene, three oxygen tanks, one nitrogen tank and one freon tank, he said.

The hazmat team stopped the acetylene leak quickly and emptied the freon tank, he said.

They also found small arms ammunition in the back of the van.

The driver was taken to Edward White Hospital with neck and back pain. A passenger was uninjured.

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Vehicle with flammable liquids crashes on I-275 in St. Petersburg 04/13/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 12:19pm]
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