Trucker gets burning rig away from full gas tanker

Trucker gets burning rig away from full gas tanker

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A quick thinking truck driver prevents a fire in his truck from becoming a major explosion. Albany firefighters say the fire started in the engine of this truck on US Highway 82 between Albany and Acree around two o'clock Thursday.

The truck, owned by Brad Lanier Oil Company, was hauling a tanker filled with ten-thousand gallons of gasoline.

The driver quickly detached the burning truck from the trailer of gas.

The call came in at 1:47PM, when the truck driver noticed smoke and was able to pull off, and disconnect the truck from the trailer full of gasoline.

Battalion Chief Keith Ambrose says this saved them from shutting down traffic much longer, had the tanker burned as well.

"It helps us tremendously. We've just got a single vehicle on fire. We don't have the added concern of gallons of gasoline that he is carrying on that tanker. We were able to get the road back opened to just one lane of traffic flowing," said  Ambrose.

The fire was under control in 15 minutes, but the truck is completely burned. Another truck arrived to take the tanker to its destination.

The driver of the rig was uninjured.

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