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Motorist dead after fuel tank sent airborne in semi truck wreck

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A woman was killed in Florida early on Friday morning after a wreck between two semi trucks sent a fuel tank flying into the air and onto the motorist’s car. 

The accident happened on June 17th on Interstate 75 in Tampa, Florida. 

According to Fox 13 News, a semi truck was heading north on I-75 near the Selmon Expressway when it drifted onto the outside shoulder and collided with another rig that was stopped on the shoulder. 

The impact shook loose a tank of natural gas from the moving tractor trailer and sent the tank flying into the air. The tank came to a rest on top of a Buick Enclave traveling north in the center lane of the interstate, killing the 49-year-old woman in the passenger seat. 

The semi truck parked on the shoulder was hauling cotton clothing at the time of the collision and burst into flames, while the driver of the Buick was able to come to a stop along the inside shoulder of the highway. The fuel tank came to a rest in the center lane of the interstate. 

The drivers of both tractor trailers sustained only minor injuries in the incident. The driver of the Buick, along with the two children in the backseat, also sustained only minor injuries. 

No further information has been released. 

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