TAMPA — Traffic is back to normal after a tanker truck carrying hazardous materials caught fire on the Lee Roy Selmon Crosstown Expressway on Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.
Hillsborough County Fire Rescue arrived to the scene, near the 50th street exit, at about 12:20 p.m. to find the truck fire nearly out. Spokesman Ray Yeakley said the driver began putting out the blaze with his own fire extinguisher before crews got there.
Yeakely said the truck was carrying barrels of a type of coolant, which is not flammable. The main concern wasn't that the liquid would ignite, but that the pressurized drums would explode.
That didn't happen though, and no one was injured.
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