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Update: 15 Gal of diesel fuel spilled when truck plunged from Coon Key Bridge

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1 p.m. TUESDAY UPDATE: About 15 gallons of diesel fuel were spilled into the water. A negligible amount spilled onto the roadway surface. Cleanup and mitigation efforts are now complete.

Repairs to the bridge itself will cost between $1,000 and $1,500. The work will be done either today or this evening but should be complete tomorrow, according to FDOT.

When repair work is done, FDOT will bill the trucking company's insurance company.

At this time, FDOT has not said when or if there will be any lane closures on the bridge while the repairs are done.

6:30 p.m. UPDATE - Sarasota Police have announced that all lanes of the Coon Key Bridge (John Ringling Causeway) are now open. The driver of the truck will be cited with careless driving.

3:45pm UPDATE -  The westbound lanes of the Coon Key Bridge are now closed.
From Bird Key Park to the Sarasota Yacht Club, the eastbound lanes are working as both a single eastbound lane and a single westbound lane. This will continue until cranes are able to remove a box truck from the water that plunged over the side of the bridge Monday morning.   
The closure is expected to take approximately three hours.

Earlier, crews had to wait for a structural engineer from the Florida Department of Transportation to go over logistics, on site of the crash, before cranes attempted to be used on the Coon Key Bridge.  

FDOT advises, motorists to use caution and patience during this time.

SARASOTA CO., Fla. (WWSB) - Traffic surrounding the Coon Key Bridge has been delayed this morning due to a truck plunging over the side of the bridge.

Traffic quickly became backed up. Drivers are being asked to find alternate routes if possible.  No roads are closed at this time, however the two westbound lanes of the Coon Key Bridge are down to one lane.

Westbound John Ringling Causeway is especially slow moving as are roads leading to the bridge.

The accident happened at about 10 a.m., according to the Sarasota Police Department.  Patrol officers are working to direct traffic westbound over the John Ringling Causeway Bridge and Coon Key Bridge and marine patrol officers are on the water working to assess how to remove the box truck.

A box truck went over side of the bridge, according to police, and landed in the water. The driver is safe but the truck is lying on its side in water. The driver was transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital, sources say.

Sarasota County Fire Dept. is working to mitigate any loss of fuel into the water.

The Coon Key Bridge is between the John Ringling Causeway and St. Armands.