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Videos: 18-wheeler carrying hazardous materials explodes in TX

A fire engine. (Dreamstime/TNS)
April 18, 2023

An 18-wheeler truck transporting hazardous flammable materials rolled over and burst into flames near Brownsville, Texas, Monday evening, killing one person.

An initial investigation found that the truck’s driver was traveling at an unsafe speed on Toll Road 550 before losing control, striking a concrete barrier and rolling the truck onto its side, ValleyCentral reported.

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One deceased person related to the incident has not been identified. It was not immediately clear what hazardous materials were being transported.

Video posted on social media showed a view of the flames from nearby on the ground.

Another video on social media showed an overhead angle of the scene.

A public information officer for the Brownsville Police Department, Lt. Martin Sandoval, said the 18-wheeler rolled over at the interchange between Toll Road 511 and Expressway 77 near Rancho Viejo, ValleyCentral reported.

Fuel in the trailer reportedly added to the flames as firefighters worked to control the blaze. Smoke could be seen about 20 miles away in the city of Harlingen, according to ValleyCentral.

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Photos posted on social media showed the firefighter response, as well as the mangled condition of the roadway after the fire had been put out.

The incident came five days after another 18-wheeler was consumed in flames near Woodway, Texas, as reported by KWTX. 

That truck’s driver did not sustain any injuries, but a firefighter suffered minor injuries. It was not immediately clear why the truck caught fire.

Another 18-wheeler rolled over and caught on fire along Texas’ Highway 57 in February, as reported by News 4 San Antonio. No information on the driver’s condition or the accident’s cause was available.

This was a breaking news story. The details were periodically updated as more information became available.