Two dead in explosive Highway 20 gasoline tanker head on crash

Highway 20 is shut down in both directions until further notice.

CHP: Highway 20 shut down for tanker explosion

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) says that two drivers are dead as a result of an explosive head on tanker truck crash  near Cisco Grove.

Tow Truck Vs. Tanker Crash Results In Explosion

The crash happened around 10 a.m. after a tow truck collided head on with a tanker truck hauling gasoline on Highway 20 at I-80 in Placer County. Police say that the northbound tow truck crossed over into the southbound lanes, striking the tanker.

Both the tow truck driver and the tanker truck driver were killed. Their identities have not been released. No other injuries were reported.

CHP is still investigating the cause of the crash.

The tow truck belongs to Kilroy Towing. The tanker truck belongs to Williams Tank Lines.

The fire from the explosion has reportedly spread to nearby vegetation.

Authorities say that between 12,000 and 15,000 gallons of fuel spilled out.

Highway 20 is shut down in both directions for the rest of the day. Caltrans says that the highway is closed eastbound at Scott’s Flat Road in Nevada City. The westbound Highway 20 closure is at I-80.