Crash in Gainesville sent two people to the hospital with minor injuries

More than 30 gallons of fuel spilled out onto the road
Two people were sent to the hospital after a crash in Gainesville Wednesday morning
Published: Nov. 23, 2022 at 9:08 AM EST
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - Two people were sent to the hospital after a crash in Gainesville Wednesday morning.

According to Gainesville Fire Rescue officials, a semi truck and work truck crashed into each other near Northeast Waldo Road and Northeast 39th Street just before 7 a.m.

Emergency responders transported two people to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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Roughly 30 gallons of fuel leaked out of the semi truck, prompting a cleanup that included four different agencies: Gainesville Fire Rescue, Gainesville Police Department, the Department of Transportation and the Alachua County EPA.

“Gainesville Fire Rescue’s hazardous materials team actually responded the scene to do initial containment,” said GPD’s Public Information Officer, Joseph Hillhouse. “Then we contacted the Department of Transportation who brought a sand truck to go ahead and cover that up, so the EPA could get out and evaluate any environmental impacts of which there were not any. And then the Department of Transportation took control of making sure that we got that sand picked up afterwards.”

One person nearby heard the crash and said it sounded like a bomb had gone off.

“I couldn’t sleep for some reason, it was just a loud, boom crash and it sounded like it was really, really bad,” said Tiffany Tackett.

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