Transportation

Louisiana tanker explosion on highway kills driver

Screengrab of a dashcam video showing an intense crash and explosion in Louisiana.

Screengrab of a dashcam video showing an intense crash and explosion in Louisiana.  (Andreas Plyler)

An 18-wheel tanker carrying about 8,000 gallons of gasoline exploded after it rear-ended a dump truck killing one person in Louisiana on Thursday.

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Police said preliminary investigation revealed that a 2008 Sterling dump truck driven by 44-year-old Chalanta Brown was traveling on I-310 South near Luling, Louisiana.

Brown was driving slowly for unknown reasons and was rear-ended by the Kenworth 18-wheeler, driven by Glen Robichaux Jr., 31, Fox 8 reported.

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The tanker exploded before fulling engulfing in flames.

A Louisiana Department of Transportation dashcam captured the intense explosion.

Police said Robichauz, who was able to escape the cab of the tractor, was taken to a local hospital with injuries. Brown died at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation and impairment is not suspected, Fox 8 reported.

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