Dashcam captures intense gas tanker explosion near New Orleans

Dashcam video captures tanker bursting into flames

LULING, LA (WVUE) - Interstate 310 southbound has reopened at La. 3127 near Luling nearly 24 hours after a fiery crash between a fuel tanker and a dump truck.

The accident killed the driver of the dump truck 44-year-old Chalanta Brown of LaPlace and injured 31-year-old Glen Robichaux, Jr. of Gheens.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2008 Sterling dump truck, driven by Brown, was traveling in the right lane of I-310 south at a very slow rate of speed for unknown reasons.

A Kenworth 18-wheeler, driven by Robichaux was traveling in the right lane of I-310 and rear-ended the dump truck.

The Kenworth was carrying approximately 8,000 gallons of gasoline and exploded, becoming fully engulfed in flames. The dump truck overturned on its passenger side.

(Footage courtesy of Andreas Plyler - scroll to last 15 seconds)

Robichaux was able to escape from the cab of the tractor and was taken to a local hospital with moderate injuries. Brown died on the scene.

Impairment is not suspected and the crash remains under investigation.

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