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Phoenix street closed for hours after semi-truck crash spills jet fuel

(Phoenix Fire Department Photo)

PHOENIX — A Phoenix street was expected to be closed for hours Monday after a rollover crash involving a semi-truck that spilled jet fuel on the roadway.

The Phoenix Fire Department said five people were injured in the crash on Lower Buckeye Road between 59th and 63rd avenues. The 55-year-old male driver of the truck and a 25-year-old driver of a vehicle that was crushed were taken to trauma centers.

Phoenix Fire spokesman Capt. Larry Subervi said he was told a good Samaritan smashed through a window and helped remove the 25-year-old victim from his vehicle. That Samaritan has not been identified.

Three other people in different cars sustained minor injuries.

About 150 gallons of Jet A fuel leaked onto the road from one of four tanks on the truck. It was carrying about 8,000 gallons of fuel spread across the tanks.

The fire department sealed the leak after the crash. Another tanker was brought in to remove the remaining jet fuel from the truck, though that process was expected to take at least six hours.

The spill caused little to no threat to the environment.

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