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Tanker collides with tree and explodes, killing truck driver in Maryland

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Authorities in Maryland are investigating a deadly tanker truck explosion that occurred in Frederick over the weekend.

The incident occurred around noon on Saturday, March 4, on Route 15 in Frederick, Maryland, when a tanker truck reportedly collided with a tree and exploded.

According to Frederick County (MD) Fire & Rescue, when units arrived on scene, they confirmed that a tanker truck hauling flammable liquid was completely engulfed in flames.

Firefighters confirmed that the tanker truck driver was killed. The identity of the truck driver has not yet been released.

The flames spread to three homes and three other vehicles. A brush fire also occurred near Route 15. The two alarm fire was contained within 40 minutes.

No other injuries were reported.

According to WTOP, the tanker was a CLI Transport vehicle transporting fuel to a Sheetz store.

“Both CLI Transport and Sheetz are fully cooperating with state police who are investigating this accident as well as working closely with the Maryland Department of the Environment and local officials to ensure a safe and environmentally responsible clean up,” said CLI Transport President John Tippery.

The incident is under investigation by Maryland State Police.

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