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Part of Kennedy Boulevard closed after police car, 18-wheeler crash

TAMPA — Kennedy Boulevard was reopened Thursday morning hours after an 18-wheeler and a police car were involved in a traffic crash, police said.

The driver of an 18-wheeler truck trying to make a U-turn failed to see the police car, causing the vehicles to crash, Tampa police said.

The 18-wheeler's tank ruptured, spilling diesel onto the street. Officers closed Kennedy Boulevard between Dale Mabry Highway and Hale Avenue as the Haz-Mat team cleaned up the spill. The westbound lanes were reopened by 7 a.m. Police said all roads were open by 8:30 a.m.

Minor injuries were reported, according to Bay News 9 reports.

By 7 a.m., the police car and truck were removed from the road.

No further information was immediately available.

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