Archive for Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Semi explodes in Kansas after hitting truck

July 11, 2012


— The driver of a semitrailer truck pulled his 7-year-old daughter out of the truck just moments before it exploded and burned on a Kansas highway.

Geary County Undersheriff Tony Wolf says the explosion happened Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 70 east of Junction City. The semitrailer hit a truck being used by a contract crew for the state transportation department to paint lines on the interstate.

Wolf says the tractor trailer driver tried to miss the truck but clipped it, rupturing the semitrailer's fuel tank.

WIBW reports the driver was able to get his daughter out of the truck before it exploded. No injuries were reported.

Traffic was blocked on the highway for several hours.

Authorities decided to let the wreckage cool overnight and will remove the debris Wednesday.


JackMcKee 1 year, 9 months ago

They always blow up in the movies.


Pywacket 1 year, 9 months ago

I don't see where the reporter ever mentioned diesel fuel. If eyewitnesses (and/or responders) told the reporter that the vehicle exploded and burned, what do you expect the reporter to do--argue with them? While standing far enough away to avoid the heat?

Perhaps the truck ran on something other than diesel. Liquefied natural gas is becoming more common. It won't explode in the liquid form but if a tank is ruptured, the vapors will quickly go up.


observant 1 year, 9 months ago

If something exploded, it sure as hell wasn't the diesel fuel. But then we all know the quality of so-called reporters today.


oneflewover 1 year, 9 months ago

Diesel fuel does not explode.


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