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November 9, 2011 at 8:04 AM

Trucker killed on I-90 early this morning, crash under investigation.

A 56-year-old Port Orchard truck driver was killed early this morning after his semi rolled over on Interstate 405, south of Bellevue.

The man was identified by troopers as Arville James Chappell. It’s unclear what caused the crash since “essentially nobody saw this thing,” said Washington State Patrol Trooper Cliff Pratt.

Troopers were called to the site just after 3 a.m. and were met with some type of gas leaking from the tanker, said Pratt. No other vehicles were involved.

Pratt said that the scene was initially chaotic because troopers were unsure what the substance was and whether it was hazardous. They soon discovered that the substance was “liquefied carbon dioxide” and the trucker’s manifest indicated that he had been delivering it to McDonald’s, Burger King and other fast food chains to carbonate their soda machines, Pratt added.

Traffic on the roadway was directed into one lane while troopers investigated. The interstate was reopened by 6:30 a.m., Pratt said.

Troopers are looking for possible witnesses or anyone with knowledge about the crash to call the Washington State Patrol at 425-401-7788.

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