Truck Explodes on Washington Highway

The truck driver amazingly escaped the truck prior to it exploding.


McLane Fire and Life Safety and the McLeary Fire Department along with other mutual aid units responded to a tanker fire on Washington State Route 8 at the Thurston/Grays Harbor county line on Saturday morning, June 9th after the truck driver swerved to miss a herd of deer on the highway.

The tanker was allowed to burn to reduce the environmental impacts on the area. Burning fuel flowed through a culvert into a small wetland area on the opposite side of the highway. The truck driver amazingly escaped the truck prior to it exploding.