Rear-ended car hits tanker, setting off blast

/ Source: The Associated Press

A chain-reaction crash sent a car slamming into a tanker carrying 8,000 gallons of fuel, setting off an explosion on Interstate 75 and killing the car's driver, authorities said.

The crash started when a pickup truck rear-ended the car, which then hit the side of the passing tanker truck shortly after 9 p.m. Wednesday, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report. The tanker's driver was able to escape before the vehicle exploded.

The identity of the victim in the car was not immediately released.

The 18-year-old driver of the pickup truck and his 17-year-old passenger were treated for minor injuries, the Highway Patrol said.

No charges were immediately filed, but the crash was under investigation.

The stretch of interstate where the crash happened near Tampa was closed for more than four hours while fire crews let the blaze burn out, said Capt. Ray Yeakley, spokesman for Hillsborough County Fire Rescue.