The northbound lanes of Interstate 95 have reopened more than 12 hours after a fatal tanker crash in Flagler County.
It happened just after 4:15 a.m. Tuesday in the northbound lanes at mile marker 290 in Palm Coast.
Troopers said a tanker truck struck the left rear of the tractor-trailer, causing the tanker to overturn and burst into flames.
"According to the driver that's still alive, he indicated that immediately after that collision, that fuel tanker did overturn and ignited pretty quickly," said Sgt. Dylan Bryan from the Florida Highway Patrol.
Troopers said the tanker's driver, 41-year-old Christopher McEuen, of Jacksonville, was trapped inside the truck and died. St. Clair Agenord, the driver of the tractor-trailer, sustained minor injuries.
Agenord, 33, was arrested at the scene on an unrelated charge.
Palm Coast Fire Chief Mike Beadle said the tanker was a ball of fire when they arrived and firefighters were unable to get anywhere near it. Chief Beadle said they recovered paperwork showing the tanker was carrying gasoline.
FHP shut down the roadway in both directions and then reopened southbound I-95 around 7 a.m.
Originally, troopers said the northbound lanes would remain closed until sometime Christmas Day because of the damage from the fire.
"And then they'll actually have to conduct emergency repairs to the interstate, actually repave the interstate. And this is due to the intense heat and fire involved following the crash," Bryan said.
The road reopened around 5:15 p.m.