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Tanker truck driver Kamkyo Ramon Gnotsavath, 57, killed in fiery crash on Highway 99 in Atwater, California
Driver Dies After Tanker Truck Filled With 9,000 Gallons of Gas Overturns, Explodes in Merced County
Investigators believe the truck was going too fast when it exited the highway, the station reported, citing the California Highway Patrol. The tanker hit a concrete divider and overturned; the fuel then began to spill and ignited soon after.
After more than 8,000 gallons of fuel burned off, firefighters got the hot spots cooled off, and turned their attention to possible long term troubles. The asphalt is charred and may need to be replaced before the Highway exit reopens and Some of that gasoline spilled into drainage ditches.
A tanker truck loaded with thousands of gallons of fuel raced off Highway 99 in Atwater on Tuesday morning, overturned and burst into flames, spraying waves of fire at least 25 feet wide.
Witnesses told investigators the truck with Williams Tank Lines, which was coming from Stockton, may already have been on fire around 10:02 a.m. when it left the freeway onto the Bell Lane exit, California Highway Patrol Officer Eric Zuniga said.