KeepHealthCare.ORG – CHP: Tanker Explodes in Head-On Crash on HWY 20 in Sierra
PLACER COUNTY — The California Highway Patrol says a tanker truck exploded Wednesday following a head-on crash along Highway 20 near Cisco Grove.
The crash was first reported shortly after 10 a.m.
The collision occurred when a tow truck going north on Highway 20 veered into the southbound lane, crashing into the tanker truck.
It is not known at this time what caused the the tow truck driver swerve.
Both drivers have been confirmed dead.
The tow truck belongs to Kilroy Towing out of Grass Valley and the tanker belongs to Williams Tank Lines in Stockton.
Authorities say 12,000-15,000 gallons of fuel has leaked.
Crews are on the scene attempting to gain control of the flames with foam.
Placer County environmental health specialists are on site working to determine any potential environmental impacts.
Fish and Wildlife is concerned Bear Creek could be contaminated by gas that leaked into a nearby ditch.
Highway 20 west of Interstate 80 was closed because of the crash.
🛑🚧 Highway 20 is closed west of I-80 in Placer County due to collision between vehicle and tanker truck. Fire involved. Please avoid the area.
— Placer Sheriff (@PlacerSheriff) January 31, 2018