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One dead in Caldwell County Crash

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Mustang Ridge Police are looking into what caused deadly accident involving a pick-up and a tanker truck.

The accident happened around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday night, just south of Travis County on the entrance ramp to North 183 near Highway 21. Investigators aren't saying much about the crash only that the driver died at the scene.

Somehow the pick-up got wedged underneath the tanker truck. Chisolm Trail Assistant Police Chief Craig Kolls says the tanker truck was carrying 8,200 gallons of diesel and unleaded fuel. At the time of the accident police cleared everyone away for fear of an explosion. Assistant. Chief Kolls says all it would have taken was one spark to ignite both vehicles.

His firefighters called in for a transport tanker so they could empty the fuel. Firefighters worked to make sure the situation didn't get any worse. "Due to the highly combustible product we had to be careful taking the product off one truck and putting it on another before our guys could get in and remove the vehicle from underneath," explained Kolls.

During the overnight hours drivers wanting to get on North 183 were being diverted to Old Lockhart Road.

The Mustang Ridge Police Department is taking the lead on the investigation.

EMS checked out the driver of the tanker truck and he is okay.The Highway 21 ramp onto 183 has re-opened.

 

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