UPDATE 8:30 p.m.: Northbound lanes are now open. All lanes are open to traffic on I-95 in south Brevard, north Indian River County.
UPDATE 7:30 p.m.: Southbound lanes are now open on I-95, but northbound lanes remain closed at Fellsmere Road in north Indian River County..
One person is dead in a vehicle crash in southern Brevard County that forced authorities in two counties to block both directions of Interstate 95 Wednesday afternoon, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
As of 6:45 p.m., authorities continued to block southbound traffic at Malabar Road in Palm Bay and northbound traffic at County Road 512 in Indian River County.
The crash happened south of Micco Road on northbound I-95 about 3:35 p.m., FHP said. It involved a tanker truck hauling hydrogen peroxide, troopers said.
The tanker was traveling southbound on I-95 when the tread separated from one of the tires, according to an accident report. The driver of the truck lost control and struck a southbound SUV, sending both vehicles into the median and over the center guardrail into the northbound lanes.
The tanker overturned in the crash and caught fire.
The driver of the tanker died on scene and two people were transported to Health First’s Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, FHP Sgt. Kim Montes said.
Brevard County Fire Rescue said the hydrogen peroxide tanker was not full.