I-75 South closed near Punta Gorda after trailer overturns

I-75 South closed near Punta Gorda after trailer overturns
A trailer crashed on I-75 South, spilling asphalt sealant (Source: Charlotte County Fire and EMS)

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Charlotte County Fire and EMS says a trailer hauling polyurethane, which is used to seal asphalt driveways, overturned at the Highway 17/Duncan Road exit on I-75 South. That’s near Punta Gorda.

Florida Highway Patrol says around 2:30pm Wednesday the driver, a 24-year-old Fort Myers man, was traveling in the right lane of I-75 South when his trailer separated from the vehicle, overturning on the roadway after hitting a guardrail, causing around 250 gallons of the sealant to spill onto the highway.

Troopers say the driver was cited for failing to properly secure the trailer.

A trailer spilled sealant on I-75 South near Punta Gorda, closing the highway
A trailer spilled sealant on I-75 South near Punta Gorda, closing the highway (Source: Charlotte County Fire and EMS)
A trailer spilled sealant on I-75 South near Punta Gorda, closing the highway
A trailer spilled sealant on I-75 South near Punta Gorda, closing the highway (Source: Charlotte County Fire and EMS)
A trailer spilled sealant on I-75 South near Punta Gorda, closing the highway
A trailer spilled sealant on I-75 South near Punta Gorda, closing the highway (Source: Charlotte County Fire and EMS)

Crews spread dirt and absorbent material across the tacky liquid and had to wait on equipment to scrape the roadway clean. While that was happening, traffic was diverted off I-75 South at Highway 17/Duncan Road.

Around 6pm Wednesday, I-75 South was re-opened.

A trailer crashed on I-75 South, spilling asphalt sealant
A trailer crashed on I-75 South, spilling asphalt sealant (Source: FDOT)

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