Kamkyo Gnotsavath Killed in Atwater, CA, Tanker Fire Accident
Atwater, CA -- May 23, 2017, Kamkyo Gnotsavath was killed following an accident in which a tanker truck crashed and caught fire.
California State Police and emergency personnel rushed out to the scene of the accident at around 10:00 a.m. Reports indicate the crash happened at the intersection of Highway 99 and Applegate Road.
Police investigators believe that a Williams Tank Lines semi-tanker was hauling approximately 8,600 gallons of fuel as it traveled along the highway. It reportedly lost control as it was exiting the highway, causing the vehicle to hit a concrete barrier. The truck then tipped over, rupturing the tank and sparking a large explosion.
The fire engulfed the wreckage before emergency rescue teams could arrive, and 57-year-old Gnotsavath died at the scene.
Police did not suggest what factors might have led to the accident. Investigations are ongoing.
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