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Tanker driver dies in truck fire

A man has died after the fuel tanker he was driving crashed into a tree before bursting into flames in the Adelaide Hills. The CFS was first alerted to the incident at about 11.10pm on Thursday after multiple callers said they heard a large explosion and then saw 20m flames on the side of Brookman…

A man has died after the fuel tanker he was driving crashed into a tree before bursting into flames in the Adelaide Hills.

The CFS was first alerted to the incident at about 11.10pm on Thursday after multiple callers said they heard a large explosion and then saw 20m flames on the side of Brookman Rd at Meadows.

The fuel tanker was believed to be carrying 14,000 litres of diesel when it left the road and rolled before crashing into the tree, according to a CFS spokesman Brett Williamson.

He said 12 CFS and three MFS crews, two CFS bulk water carriers and special CFS trucks responded to the incident as well as SA Police, paramedics and the Environment Protection Agency to extinguish the blaze.

The 59-year-old man from Echunga was the only occupant of the vehicle and died at the scene.

His death brings the state’s road toll to 70 compared to 86 at the same time last year.

Brookman Rd between Morris Rd and Hammersmith Dr will be closed for most of the day while crews carry out the clean-up required.

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