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A fuel tanker truck has erupted in flames on Florida’s Turnpike in west Boynton Beach on Friday morning, shutting down all lanes of the highway.
The Florida Highway Patrol said the fire is burning between Hypoluxo Road and Boynton Beach Boulevard.
Aerial video from WPTV Chopper 5 shows a fuel truck engulfed in flames in the northbound lanes, and fuel leaking from from the vehicle and trailing down both sides of the Turnpike.
Firefighters from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue are on the highway, spraying down the tanker with a combination of water and foam, according to WPTV Chopper 5 photojournalist Johann Hoffend.
“The fire had spread to both sides of the highway. Traffic cannot get through at this time – blocked for safety reasons,” Palm Beach County Fire Rescue said in a post on its X page just before 7 a.m.
The agency’s Special Operations Team, which specializes in hazmat emergencies and technical rescues, is on scene.
Drivers going north and south are advised to take U.S. 441, Jog Road, Military Trail, or Interstate 95 as alternate routes.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated.