Two dead after fuel tanker explodes in head-on crash with tow truck

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A fuel tanker truck has exploded in a fiery crash with a pickup truck on a highway near the crest of the Sierra Nevada, killing both drivers and shutting down a stretch of roadway.

Cal Fire confirmed that both drivers involved in the collision have died. Their identities have not been released.

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The tow truck belonged to Kilroy's Tow Service in Grass Valley, and the tanker, to Stockton-based Williams Tank Line, Nave said. Caltrans says that the highway is closed eastbound at Scott's Flat Road in Nevada City.

An early morning collision Wednesday snarled traffic for westbound drivers on Interstate 80 in Pinole, authorities said.

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The CHP tweeted the road will be closed overnight.

Aubrey Henry, a spokesman for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, said the department is still assessing the impacts of the spilled gasoline, which may have entered a creek that connects with the Bear River.

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The tanker and truck hit each other head-on about 10:10 a.m., Nave said, causing the tanker to erupt in flames.

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