Tanker crash forces Hardee residents from homes - FOX 13 News

Tanker crash forces Hardee residents from homes

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A tanker truck crashed at a rural Hardee County intersection this afternoon, igniting a large blaze that has prompted an evacuation warning.

Florida Highway Patrol said the driver of the truck died from their injuries.

It was around 2 p.m. when the tanker -- carrying 7,200 gallons of unleaded fuel and 1,300 gallons of premium unleaded -- crashed on State Road 62 at Moye Road. That's a few miles west of Bowling Green and Wauchula.

The load of fuel caught fire, sending black smoke billowing into the sky. Residents within a half-mile of the crash were evacuated as a precaution.

There was no immediate word about the condition of the driver, and the cause of the crash was not clear.

"This is still a working fire scene and an investigation will be done once the fire is out," county spokesperson Alyssa Henderson stated.

By 4:30 p.m., the fire was mostly out. The view from SkyFOX showed the truck was a barely recognizable charred mass of twisted metal, while several nearby trees were also burned.

The investigation is ongoing.

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