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Single-Vehicle Tanker Trailer Crash Kills One

Posted on Aug 01, 2008

Roanoke, Va, police are investigating the cause of a fatal single vehicle tanker truck crash tha occurred on July 13, 2008.  The tanker was headed north on U.S. 220 when it went over an embankment and caught fire at about 10 p.m. Officers arrived on the scene to find a body inside the truck.  No other injuries were reported during the crash.

The tanker had been carrying 8,500 gallons of gasoline when it crashed.  Roanoke Fire-EMS officials had to let the fire burn itself out because it was "too dangerous to fight."  Flames of 80 to 100 feet were shooting up into the air.

The fire was extinguished by 1:15 Sunday morning.

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