Gravel truck driver dies in fire after crashing into chemical tanker

The driver of a gravel truck died after he was trapped in the burning cabin of his vehicle following a collision with a chemical tanker in Hsinchu City today, November 19.

The driver of a chemical tanker carrying liquid ammonia was slowing to a stop for a red light on the West Coast Highway when a gravel truck driven by a 72-year-old man, named Chen, plowed into his vehicle from behind.

The violent impact caused the tanker to tip over onto its side. Chen was trapped in the cabin of the gravel truck which caught fire immediately following the crash.

The Hsinchu City Fire Department dispatched 10 vehicles and 35 personnel to the scene of the accident. After the fire was extinguished, the remains of Chen were found burned beyond recognition.

The chemical tanker was also severely damaged by fire, but fortunately there was no chemical leak. The 35-year-old driver of the chemical tanker, named Zhang, was slightly injured.

scene of accident in Hsinchu City
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