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I-4 in eastern Hillsborough opens again after truck fire

SEFFNER — Authorities temporarily closed both directions of Interstate 4 in east Hillsborough County Friday morning after a tanker truck caught fire.

The truck, operated by Agmark Transportation of Nashville, Tenn., was headed east on the interstate about 10:30 a.m. when the engine caught fire, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The driver, Clay Rollins, 40, of Winter Haven, pulled over near mile marker 9, close to the Mango Road exit in Seffner. He got out and was not injured, authorities said.

The truck was carrying "Orange Essence," a brand of citrus extract, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Flames engulfed the cab portion of the truck, but the trailer containing the chemical was not damaged, troopers said. Hillsborough County hazardous materials units were sent to fight the blaze.

The fire was out at 11 a.m. and lanes in both directions were reopened shortly after.

Students at Burnett Middle and Brandon Alternative schools were kept inside due to smoke from the blaze, but the schools were not evacuated.

I-4 in eastern Hillsborough opens again after truck fire 03/21/14 [Last modified: Friday, March 21, 2014 6:17pm]
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