Thursday, June 27, 2013

Two Dead In I-75 Crash

3,000 Gallons Of Bleach Spill After Crash

NAPLES, FL. -- A two vehicle crash on southbound Interstate 75 in Collier county this morning at 3 a.m. killed a 16-year old driving a Toyota mini van and the 48-year old driver of a semi.truck tanker.

A 2008 Toyota Sienna van, driven by Jannelle F. Arvelaez, 16 of Lehigh Acres was stopped in the outside travel lane of I-75 at miile marker 107 just before the Pine Ridge Exit. A tanker semi carrying chlorine, driven byAlexander Brener, 48 of Land O Lakes, Fl was traveling southbound on I-75 in the outside lane, approaching the Toyota from behind. 

The front of the semi struck the rear of  the Toyota and as a result, it overturned onto its side, blocking the southbound Exit 107 off ramp. The Toyota came to final rest facing east from within the west grass shoulder. 

Both drivers were ejected from their vehicles and were not wearing seat belts according to FHP Cpl. Martin Hernandez and homicide investigator Cpl. George Kantor.

The tanker was transporting approximately 4500 gallons of Hypocholoride to Coconut Creek, Florida. Approximately 3000 gallons of the Hypochloride spilled as a result of the crash. 

Exit 107 was to remain closed for several hours until the tanker contents could be transferred into another tanker and for scene clean up.

The crash remains under investigation.  Investigators do not yet know if alcohol may have been a factor for either driver.

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