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Driver killed when gasoline tanker truck overturns and explodes in flames

TYLER COUNTY - The driver of a gasoline tanker truck is dead after his vehicle left the road, overturned and exploded in flames Friday morning in Hillister, according to information provided to KFDM News by Tyler County Sheriff David Hennigan.


Stay with KFDM and kfdm.com for updates.


The accident shut down Highway 69 in both directions near FM 1013 in Hillister . One lane was reopened to alternating traffic and all lanes reopened by 12:30 p.m.


The DPS identified the victim as Bertis Wood, 58, of Jasper. He worked for a company based in Jasper.


Hennigan told KFDM News Wood's truck left Highway 69 near FM 1013 in Hillister, south of Woodville, at about 5:30 a.m. Friday. The truck overturned and began burning. Wood was trapped in the vehicle. 


The flames spread to the front of a nearby home. The woman who lives in the home heard a series of explosions and ran to a nearby home to safety.


It took more than two hours to put out the flames and remove Wood's body from the tanker truck.


Firefighters from volunteer departments including Ivanhoe, Woodville, Colmesneil and Warren worked the scene.


Hennigan said drivers should avoid the area.


 

Driver killed when gasoline tanker truck overturns and explodes in flames

Tuesday, January 8 2013, 05:27 PM CST
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