An unfortunate fatal tanker-semi accident occurred on northbound I-95 in Flagler County, Florida (mile-marker 290) yesterday morning (Christmas Eve) between 4:00 and 5:00 a.m. – killing 41-year-old fuel tanker driver, Christopher James McEuen.

 

The tanker (driven by McEuen) rear-ended a tractor-trailer on it’s left side, resulting in a fiery overturn.

St. Clair Agenord, the 33-year-old surviving driver (who sustained only minor injuries) indicated that the fuel tanker ignited immediately after overturning.

Officers at the scene stated that Agenord tried to help the trapped tanker driver out of the cab, but that the flames and heat were already too great for him to get through.

According to Fire Chief, Mike Beadle, the tanker was completely engulfed in flames when the emergency responders arrived at the scene. At first, fire fighters weren’t able to approach the tanker.

Eventually, paperwork was recovered indicating that the tanker was hauling gasoline.

Emergency repairs (re-pavement) will have to me made to some areas of the interstate due to the intense heat produced by the flame.

Accident clean-up on I-29 took over 12 hours, and the Florida Highway Patrol was able to reopen the roadway at 6:00 p.m. yesterday.

Sources

Orlando Sentinel

Miami Herald

News 13

WFTV

Jacksonville

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