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Oil truck bursts into flames after collision in Maine

January 2, 2019
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In this photo provided by the Maine State Police, smoke and fire rise from an oil tanker crash on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, in Belgrade, Maine. Officials say a tanker truck loaded with about 9,500 gallons of heating oil burst into flames following a collision. (State Police Corporal Christopher Carr/Maine State Police via AP)

BELGRADE, Maine (AP) — Officials say a tanker truck loaded with 9,500 gallons of heating oil burst into flames following a collision in the town of Belgrade, Maine.

Steve McCausland from the Maine Department of Public Safety said Route 27 was shut down because of the fire on Wednesday. Smoke could be seen from miles away. The accident happened around 9 a.m., and the fire was under control by early afternoon.

McCausland said the tanker collided with a vehicle near the Route 135 intersection. He said both drivers suffered minor injuries not related to the fire. The drivers were 54-year-old Mark Tuttle of Albion, the driver of the tanker, and 74-year-old Robert Engdahl of Winthrop, who was driving a sport utility vehicle.

Police cited Engdahl for failing to yield the right of way.

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