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May 10, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Overturned semi blocking traffic, spilling fuel under West Seattle Bridge

A semi lies rolled over on S. Spokane St. / East Marginal Way S., near the West Seattle bridge Friday morning. A 50-gallon diesel spill is being cleaned up at the scene and it is expected to take a couple of hours before the intersection will reopen. (Photo by Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

A semi lies rolled over on South Spokane Street and East Marginal Way South, near the West Seattle Bridge on Friday morning. A 50-gallon diesel spill is being cleaned up at the scene and it is expected to take a couple of hours before the intersection will reopen. (Photo by Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

A semi tractor trailer fell on its side underneath the West Seattle Bridge on Friday morning, blocking traffic and spilling dozens of gallons of diesel fuel.

The driver did not suffer any major injuries in the crash at South Spokane Street and East Marginal Way, said Kyle Moore, a spokesman for the Seattle Fire Department, which responded to the scene.

The biggest public safety concern, Moore said, was fuel leaking from the trailer toward a storm drain.

The driver told authorities that the trailer had about 50 gallons of fuel on board, Moore said. Officials are working to contain the spill.

Traffic in the area was temporarily being re-routed, Moore said.

“It’s a huge traffic nightmare,” he said.

A spokeswoman for the Seattle Department of Transportation said she doesn’t know when the surrounding streets will reopen.

The department’s Twitter account posted at 9:36 a.m. that “the accident at East Marginal Way S and S Spokane doesn’t seem to be clearing anytime soon. Avoid the area if possible.”

The Seattle Police Department was investigating the cause of the crash.

The fire department got the call at 8:42 a.m.

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