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Published on May 16, 2024
Tractor-Trailer Fire Shuts Down West Palm Beach Roadway, Hazmat Team Responds to Fuel SpillSource: Google Street View

A massive tractor-trailer fire wreaked havoc on Southern Boulevard, West Palm Beach, leading to a full-blown shutdown between Jog Road and Florida's Turnpike. As CBS12 reports, the blaze erupted around 12:30 p.m., entirely engulfinng the semi and sending billows of smoke sky-high.

The conflagration not only destroyed the vehicle but also dumped around 100 gallons of diesel fuel on the roadway, with Palm Beach County Fire Rescue issuing a closure of the westbound lanes. The fire department's hazardous materials teams, deploying an absorbent product, made sure the fiery spill did not spread while battling the towering flames, according to CW34.

First responders rushed to the scene upon receiving word of the vehicle fire, closing off the area to safeguard commuters and quickly working to extinguish the inferno. Dramatic footage revealed the aftermath with the hood of the semi completely disintegrated, leaving behind a charred skeletal frame.

In the midst of ensuring public safety, Palm Beach Fire Rescue's team prioritized environmental concerns, their efforts augmented by the Department of Environmental Protection swiftly responding to handle the fuel spill. In the update given, no injuries were reported with the truck’s driver having evacuated before the flames completely took over the vehicle's front, confirmed in images shared with CBS12 News.

While the flames were doused without injury, details surrounding the cause of the fire remain undisclosed. The road remained closed well into the afternoon, and no officials provided a timeline for when it might reopen. Motorists in the area are advised to seek alternate routes until the situation is resolved.

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