November 4, 2012 at 11:47 AM
Gas still burning at site of fatal tanker-truck crash
A 68-year-old truck driver died Sunday morning after his double tanker crashed and caught fire on Interstate 5 near Federal Way, officials said.
Aviation gasoline the tanker was carrying continued to burn Monday, more than 32 hours after the collision.
The crash occurred on southbound I-5 at South 320th Street at about 2:30 a.m., said Noel Brady, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation.
Officials believe the truck, loaded with gasoline, swerved to avoid a two-car collision in front of him and ended up slamming into a freeway sound wall, rolling, breaking through several concrete barriers and eventually igniting a shipping storage container on the other side.
No other injuries were reported, but 9,000 gallons of aviation gasoline spilled as a result of the crash, according to the state Department of Ecology.
All lanes of southbound I-5 were closed until nearly 8 a.m., according to the DOT. The road didn’t fully reopen until 10 a.m.
The cleanup was delayed by small pools of fuel that kept catching fire in addition to small crashes in the northbound lanes as drivers were distracted by the wreckage, Brady said.
Firefighters in the afternoon were conducting controlled burns of the remaining fuel.
At 6 p.m., officials are planning to close two southbound lanes of the interstate for a couple hours to remove the truck.
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