Texas transportation officials have reopened I-20 after a truck hauling diesel fuel caught fire and exploded near truck stop yesterday.
The incident began near a truck stop in Sweetwater, Texas, around noon yesterday, according to KCBD.
According to reports, 26-year-old Josh Winegeart of Sweetwater was hauling a tanker containing agricultural diesel fuel on I-20 when his truck blew a tire. He crashed off of the interstate and his truck caught fire. Witnesses reported hearing an explosion and seeing plumes of heavy black smoke emanating from the crashed truck.
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Winegeart was airlifted to the hospital for treatment of burns, a head injury, and broken bones.
Firefighters were able to get the blaze under control by around 1 p.m.
The incident slowed traffic on I-20 for hours, but all lanes were reopened this morning.