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All lanes of Brent Spence Bridge now open after overturned semi tanker completely closes bridge for hours

Brent Spence Bridge gasoline cleanup
Overturned semi completely closes Brent Spence bridge
Posted at 12:41 AM, Jul 17, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-18 07:01:56-04

COVINGTON, Ky. — An overturned semi-tanker closed both northbound and southbound lanes of I-71/75 at the Brent Spence Bridge for multiple hours.

The crash occurred around 11:15 p.m. Saturday. Police said the driver suffered minor injuries and was taken to the hospital, and there is no word on what caused the crash.

According to the Covington Fire Department, the fuel truck was carrying between 8,000 to 8,500 gallons of gasoline and at least 500 gallons leaked. The fuel was on the interstate and leaking onto city streets below.

A Code Red emergency alert was issued with instructions for everyone living or staying within a half mile of the scene to shelter in place, but it has since lifted as of 10 a.m. Sunday, officials with the City of Covington said.

“The immediate danger is now gone,” said Covington Fire Department Battalion Chief Joe Bowman. “We’re just in the cleanup stage.”

Several different agencies are at the scene helping to contain the spilled gasoline with sand, booms and an absorbent material. The tanker's fuel was drained before crews turned the tanker upright and towed it away from the bridge.

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