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Truck explodes on Charlotte highway; driver killed

May 11, 2011 8:46:00 AM - thestate.com
The driver of a gasoline tanker died early Wednesday when he apparently fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into a bridge abutment on Interstate 485 near Charlotte.

The truck burst into flames after the crash, which happened about 12:15 a.m. on I-485's outer loop. The fire and resulting clean-up closed the highway for several hours. Providence Road also was closed for a time because of the need to cross it with fire hoses.

Charlotte fire Capt. Rob Brisley said the truck was fully involved in flames when firefighters arrived. He said crews got a break, as they were able to hook their hoses to a hydrant on nearby Providence Road, above the wreck scene.

"Crews stretched hose lines down to the fire truck," Brisley said. "That's one reason why Providence Road was closed."

Brisley said it took the 40-plus firefighters about 50 minutes to put out the fire. Crews from Matthews helped deal with the blaze.

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