A fiery crash shut down Interstate 4 both ways in the vicinity of Florida Polytechnic University for several hours early this morning and sent two people to the hospital, one with serious injuries, according to breaking news reports.
The accident, which involved a semi truck and at least one other vehicle, occurred around 3:35 a.m. in the westbound lanes near mile marker 41, which is near the Polk Parkway.
Eastbound lanes, which had been closed at the Polk Parkway, reopened around 7:15 a.m., and westbound lanes started reopening just after noon.
The semi overturned and spilled diesel fuel, catching on fire, spewing smoke, and spilling diesel fuel, authorities said.
ABC Action News reported that it was taking drivers 2 1/2 hours to get from U.S. 27 to the Polk Parkway. Polk Fire Rescue is cleaning the diesel spill, the station reported.
The cause of the accident has not been released.