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Truck spills chemical on U.S. 301 near Apollo Beach

APOLLO BEACH — A semitrailer truck overturned Saturday night after the driver turned too quickly, authorities said, spilling more than 20,000 pounds of a chemical on U.S. 301 east of Apollo Beach.

The Dillon Transport truck was stopped at 301 and Big Bend Road about 8:30 p.m., according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The driver — Orlando Soto, 28, of Ruskin — turned to go west on Big Bend Road but went too fast, the patrol said, and the truck flipped on its side.

The truck had carried 87,800 pounds of ammonium nitrate, the patrol said, and about one-fourth poured out, closing two lanes on southbound 301.

Soto was cited for failure to use due care.

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