Sergeant First Class Maurice Raines with Georgia State Patrol tells us a car crossed over the median and struck the guard rail and hit the rear axle of the tanker truck, causing the explosion.
The truck driver told the sheriff's deputy that the truck was carrying diesel fuel. The driver in the car was transported to Midtown Medical Center in unknown condition. We're told the truck driver is okay.
The truck holds a total of 10,000 gallons of fuel or four cylinders. There were 7,800 gallons inside and 3,000 left remaining. A contractor from the trucking company is on the way to unload the rest of the fuel from the truck.
When the tanker exploded, gas spewed into the air catching some of the trees on fire and also sparked a small grass fire. However, fire companies were able to put that fire out.
Agencies responding to the scene include: the Harris County Sheriff's Office, Georgia Department of Public Safety, Georgia State Patrol, Georgia Department of Transportation Motor Care Compliance Division, Antioch Volunteer Fire and Rescue, Harris County Volunteer Fire and Rescue,
Cataula Fire and Rescue, Columbus Fire and EMS Columbus Hazmat, Harris County Emergency Management Agency, and the Columbus Airport who supplied foam to combat the fire.
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