1 dead after tanker crashes, spilling fuel and causing large fire

A 53-year-old man was killed and a large fire broke out after a fuel tanker crash on Sunday afternoon.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the driver of a large fuel tanker lost control of the vehicle, causing it to fall off of the ramp from I-595 westbound to the Turnpike southbound.

FHP said the tanker fell on its roof and that about 8,000 gallons of gasoline ignited, causing the explosion. The driver couldn’t get out in time and was pronounced dead at the scene.

It‘s unclear why the driver lost control around 3:45 p.m. He was from Homestead, but his name has not been released.

All eastbound lanes of I-595 in the area of Davie Boulevard were closed, as was the southbound entrance ramp from the Florida Turnpike to I-595, according to Florida Highway Patrol, which said it was still investigating the crash.

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