Drivers have had to detour U.S. 98 between Hollingsworth Road and New Jersey Road this morning. Crews have been cleaning a diesel fuel spill in the roadway near Lakeland High School that closed the southbound lanes. No injuries were reported in the 7:30 a.m. incident, and there’s no danger to the school or students, according to the Lakeland Fire Department. Traffic has been detoured onto Hollingsworth Road. Police and an environmental cleanup team are expected to remain on the scene until early afternoon.

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Barry Friedman founded in 2015 as the culmination of a career in print and digital journalism. Since 1982, he has used the tools of reporting, editing and content curation to help people in Lakeland understand their community better.

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