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Gas, Oil Tanker Explodes in Pa.

November 21, 2002

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CONNELLSVILLE, Pa. (AP) _ A tanker truck carrying kerosene and gasoline rolled over and exploded Thursday, forcing the evacuation of several homes and businesses. No one was injured.

Firefighters foamed the area and were trying to extinguish burning fuel still pouring from the tanker in the early afternoon.

The tanker rolled over just before 11 a.m. on a Route 119 highway ramp in Connellsville, about 35 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. The driver of the truck, Wayne Bocz, crawled out the truck’s window, authorities said. The truck is owned by Accent Fuel Inc.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and hazardous materials crews were sent to the scene because there were reports that gasoline from the tanker ran into the nearby Youghiogheny River, a source of drinking water.

DEP spokeswoman Betsy Mallison said she had no immediate word on the extent of the possible pollution.

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