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Driver of Scott Co. Va, gasoline truck killed in Knoxville wreck, fire

March 27th, 2007 1:48 am by Associated Press



The truck, owned by Barger Leasing Inc. of Scott County, Va., was carrying 8,600 to 8,800 gallons of gasoline.


KNOXVILLE - The driver of a gasoline tanker truck was killed Monday when the truck caught fire and damaged an interstate ramp near downtown.


The driver was believed to have been from Northeast Tennessee, but authorities were waiting for dental records to confirm the identity. No one else was injured.


The truck, owned by Barger Leasing Inc. of Scott County, Va., was carrying 8,600 to 8,800 gallons of gasoline, police spokesman Darrell DeBusk said.


It was en route to Gatlinburg to make a delivery when the mishap occurred around 3 a.m., he said. The cause of the crash remained under investigation, but DeBusk said the fire most likely occurred after the accident.


The Interstate 640 exit flyover ramp to eastbound Interstate 40 was closed as investigators looked through the burned remains and tried to assess the damage to the overpass. It reopened late Monday afternoon.


Onlookers said the tank exploded, but officials were not sure.


"If the thing exploded, the rear axle would have been blown away," Knoxville Fire Department spokesman Darrell Whitaker said.


The fire was so intense it singed power lines above the ramp and damaged road signs and the pavement.

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