TruckingIndustry.news

Motorist Dead After Crashing into Tanker Truck and Causing Massive Explosion

by Jana Ritter - Published: 8/13/2016

It is still not known why the driver of an SUV crashed into a tanker truck delivering fuel at a Central Texas gas station, but the impact caused a massive explosion that killed the motorist and forced over 50 local residents to evacuate the area.

                                                                   tanker truck explosion

In other news
January 05, 2018 - Trucker Faces 20 Years After Pleading Guilty To Smuggling Alien Found Dead In Locked Toolbox
January 02, 2018 - Police Identify 2 Oregon Truck Drivers Killed In Fiery Head-On Crash
December 27, 2017 - Iowa First Of Eight States To Debut New Truck Parking Information System

The incident occurred early Friday morning at Mickey’s Convenience Store in Killeen, TX, located at the 4500 block of East Veteran’s Memorial Boulevard. According to police, the tanker truck had been in the middle of a routine job, refueling the gas pumps shortly before 4:30 am when a motorist driving an SUV crashed into it. The collision caused an immediate explosion that led to a fire and engulfed both vehicles. The fire then spread to the store and at least six other vehicles parked in the parking lot were caught in the flames as well. The tanker truck driver was fortunate to survive the incident unharmed with the help of Good Samaritans who quickly pulled him out of the cab. However, the SUV driver was pronounced dead at the scene just after 9:35 am. An autopsy has been ordered and the victim’s name has not been released until the family is notified.

                                                                 Motorist dead after crashing into tanker truck

A Killeen fire truck had been en route to a nearby trailer fire and happened to pass by the convenience store at the onset of the inferno. Firefighters saw the people pulling the truck driver out of the gas tanker and immediately stopped to help. However, gasoline from the tanker flowed had flowed onto the pavement and caused the fire truck to go up in flames, completely destroying it. Fortunately no firefighters were injured and they requested aid from Fort Hood Fire to help contain the flames. They also called Killeen’s HAZMAT to the scene after firefighters discovered gasoline from the parking lot was running into a small creek that spills into Nolan Creek downstream. The situation was enough for officials to force the evacuations of 55 residents on South 56th and 58th Streets, Water Street and on Twin Creeks Drive at the Twin Creeks Apartments. The evacuated residents were offered shelter at the Killeen Special Events Center and then later were moved to the community center.

By Friday afternoon, residents of 56th Street were allowed to return home, but the homes on 58th Street remained off limits. A number of nearby businesses were forced to close as well. The fire also caused a number of power outages in the surrounding area.


Tracey Adams
Tracey Adams
Why yall keep saying why was the driver in the cab? Maybe he done delivered are just pulled up to deliver and was in the cab doing paperwork!!!!
Larry Peterson
Larry Peterson
Exactly
Carl F Engblom Jr.
Carl F Engblom Jr.
As a driver/trainer for my company, why was he in the cab and needed to be pulled out? But, thank God he survived and now there is 1less jerk on the road for the rest of us.
Jeffrey Smith
Jeffrey Smith
Life of a tanker driver, exactly why you kiss your love one every morning when you head out to do local deliverys!
Allen Cooper
Allen Cooper
. I got to speak this the person that crashed into this tanker truck driver was tailgating and speeding I have no sympathy for this person I'm sorry for the family but the driver he got what was coming to him or her if they were texting or driving too close to the track tanker I've watched too many of you people out there in cars race up on the rear end of a tanker and tailgating you do not have a clue that was getting ready to happen I watch people in cars pull right in front of a tanker and not take her ain't got time to stop you people are a bunch of dumbasses for taking on the 47 Vehicles you don't deserve to have any pity wake up get some common sense stay far away from these big trucks they're deadly and they will win in the end victims. The only victims are the passengers in the car
Shafer Josh
Shafer Josh
The story says he was driver of the tanker was refueling the pumps at a station it had nothing to do with tailgating
David Budrus
David Budrus
Thank God the tanker driver is ok and sorry he has to deal with this while doing his job. And me being a compassionate human being with a CDL also feel bad for the passed person's family.
Kenny Clower
Kenny Clower
Carl Engblom Jr........What does you being a driver/trainer have to do with anything? Heck as a trainer in todays trucking world, you would only need 3 months experience ..........in16 days you can become the next ROADMASTER........LMAO
Larry Peterson
Larry Peterson
Should be embarrassing to admit he is a trainer. Seeing the lack of training in alot of newbies
Roy Stewart
Roy Stewart
Those drivers who choose to haul fuel have my utmost respect and deserve to be treated with the highest respect for the dangerous work they perform everyday for all of us!!!
Nicholas G Tomcheck
Nicholas G Tomcheck
This is one main reason we don't need refugees from other Islamic countries. Heaven forbid if they wanted to that's all it would take to bring the county to it's knees.
Kenny Snider Sr.
Kenny Snider Sr.
Sadly, most car/truck accidents are caused by cars. Pay attention. It's not a toy.
Dianne Reed
Dianne Reed
Although I'm sorry for their loss, someone will make it the tankers fault
David L. Adams
David L. Adams
Why was the driver in the cab
Larry Peterson
Larry Peterson
Paper work ring a bell?
David L. Adams
David L. Adams
Dumping Fuel you have to stay with the hose
Shelby BigDawg Amie
Shelby BigDawg Amie
Who said he wasn't done? or he might not have started yet...The article doesn't give details on that part, just because he was there don't automatically mean he was pumping fuel at the time of the accident
Dawayne A Brice
Dawayne A Brice
Down the street from my house, the gas station looks like someone dropped about a 4 pound package of C4 in it
Reece Hubbard
Reece Hubbard
This almost happened to me when I delivered fuel. A woman ran over the safety cone and then the fuel line which broke the head off resulting in fuel spraying up into the engine compartment. I was able to shut the valves off, but it was definitely a miracle that several people were not killed. Yes, she was on her cell phone!
Michael Davis Brunson
Michael Davis Brunson
Jeez , what a disaster
Aaron S Caldwell
Aaron S Caldwell
Yet another one! Really,KILLEN,Tx.
Samuel Lee
Samuel Lee
Possible jihadi attack.
Kenny Clower
Kenny Clower
Why do you dummies keep asking why the driver was in the cab??? Go ask him if you are that concerned about it.Could be many reasons he was in the cab.
Gary W Barner
Gary W Barner
Wow!!!
Char King
Char King
So sad prayers
Susan Traweek Allen
Susan Traweek Allen
That is so sad God be with his family✝
Dave Brendel
Dave Brendel
Probably texting
Gary Cribb
Gary Cribb
Texting????
Umallah Perry
Umallah Perry
Not good man
Marco Narvaez
Marco Narvaez
Wow
Brian Burwell
Brian Burwell
Wow!!!
Steven Mees
Steven Mees
Joe Yerby watch your ass out there amigo.
Swervy Yerby
Swervy Yerby
Ive been doing this for over 6 yrs now and i can promise u people are stoooopid!! Completely oblivious to whats going on around them. Ive had cigarettes thrown out right beside where im unloading, cones ran over, hoses tan over. They dont even care. Im just an inconvenience to them being in their way. They're in a big hurry u know! Lol
Steven Mees
Steven Mees
Margret Sanger was correct to a point.
Steven Mees
Steven Mees
I take it you know who she was then ?
Swervy Yerby
Swervy Yerby
Well yeah, i have google!
Steven Mees
Steven Mees
Lol
Chad Sydnes
Chad Sydnes
Tyler Campbell,
Marcus Mane Mane Harris
Marcus Mane Mane Harris
Nicole Evette Wright
Nicole Evette Wright
Nicole Evette Wright

Gary W Barner
Gary W Barner
Brian Burwell