ATWATER (AP/CBS SF) — A truck driver is dead after a series of fiery explosions on a Central California highway, when his truck burst into flames as it was delivering gasoline.
California Fire division chief Mark Lawson told the Modesto Bee that the truck was carrying about 9,000 gallons of gasoline when it caught fire Tuesday morning along Highway 99 at the city of Atwater.READ MORE: UPDATE: Fawn Fire Grows to 6,850 Acres in Shasta County; No New Structures Destroyed
Witnesses described waves of flame rolling down the highway, and explosions sending people running from roadside fast-food restaurants.
The California Highway Patrol says the body of the truck driver was found later. His name was not released.READ MORE: Costco Limits Water, Toilet Paper, Other Purchases Due To Supply Chain Delays
Lawson says authorities fear spilled fuel may also make its way into drinking water.
Officials have reopened that stretch of Highway 99, but several businesses remain closed as authorities check for gas leaks and other damage.
Video of the explosion shows flames rising high into the air and black smoke covering the blue sky.MORE NEWS: SF City Planners Won't Allow Taqueria El Farolito In North Beach Due To 'Chain Store' Ban
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