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Gasoline tanker crash spills thousands of gallons of fuel in west Phoenix, leaves 1 in hospital

Police said the crash happened near 51st Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road. First responders are working to plug the fuel leak.

PHOENIX — First responders are working to stop a large gasoline leak after a passenger vehicle collided with a semi-truck carrying the fuel in west Phoenix.

The crash happened around 10 a.m. near 51st Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road, Captain Scott Douglas with the Phoenix Fire Department said.

Officials said that the driver of the passenger vehicle was taken to the hospital in "extremely critical condition," but the semi-truck driver did not require transportation.

The roadway is expected to be closed for several hours from 51st Avenue to Elwood, and a quarter-mile east and west on Lower Buckeye Road.

Crews working to staunch a roughly 2-foot wide gash in the gasoline tank, which is currently still leaking fuel into the road, Captain Douglas said.

Authorities expect 3,000 gallons of fuel to be lost before the leak can be plugged, and 10,000 tons of sand are on the way to divert fuel away from storm drains.

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Authorities are on the scene of a crash involving a gasoline tanker on 51st Ave. & Lower Buckeye Rd.

Footage from the scene showed gasoline pouring out of the tanker onto the roadway, even as tow-trucks were pulled up alongside the crashed vehicle.

Captain Douglas reminded drivers about the extra care that has to be taken around semi-trucks.

"It's important for us to understand that they're a lot bigger than us, and it takes them a lot longer to stop. We need to give them space," he said.

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