Update: some lanes reopen on I-77 North after large fuel spill and fatal crash

UPDATE,  8 p.m.: Indpendence police report that the left two lanes of I77 are now open at Pershing Avenue. The ramps that were closed are also open.

CLEVELAND -- A portion of Interstate 77 North is closed because of a wrong-way fatal crash and fuel tank spill.  The roadway is shutdown between Interstate 480 and Pershing Avenue while crews work to clean up approximately 500 gallons of fuel that spilled onto the freeway.

Officials anticipate the closure to continue for the next 6-8 hours. Those attending the Cavs game tonight are encouraged to take a different route of travel, if coming in from that direction.

Cleveland police say the accident happened early Sunday morning, just after 3 a.m. The Cleveland Fire Department said a wrong-way driver crashed into another car head-on near the Broadway exit, causing the fuel truck to swerve off the side of the road and crash.

One person was pronounced dead on the scene, according to Cleveland EMS.  There was no immediate word on other injuries in this crash.

The truck's tank was ruptured, spilling about 500 gallons of fuel onto the roadway.

Cleveland fire and HAZMAT crews applied foam to the spill as a vapor barrier to keep the fuel spill from igniting, the department said on its Twitter page.

The Environmental Protection Agency is on the scene assisting with the spill.

Stick with Fox 8 News and FOX8.com for updates as they become available.