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Fiery Tanker Crash Spills Thousands of Gallons of Fuel -- Jen French

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NASHVILLE (Jen French) -- After a tanker crash and an 8,500-gallon fuel spill, neighbors want truck drivers on Centennial Boulevard to slow down.

Fire crews tell FOX17 that the water is safe to drink. The 8,500 gallons of gasoline and diesel spilled into the storm sewer line.

Nashville Police and fire crews say Tristar Transport LLC., located in Nashville, has helped with the clean-up.

FOX 17 looked up the company's record.

According to the EPA, Tristar transport in Nashville spilled 3,700 gallons of oil in Nashville in 2008 and was given a $4,500 fine. According to the US Dept of Transportation, over the past two years the company has had seven crashes, five of them resulted in non-life threatening injuries.

Police say 33-year-old Jason Frizell of Cookville was behind the wheel. The exact cause of the crash is under investigation.

FOX 17 spoke to a witness who called 911.

"A friend of mine ... he headed towards the truck immediately,"  Larry Pilkinton said. "He was going to try to help the guy."

Fire crews say vapors from the spilled fuel caused a series of underground explosions.

Neighbors reported seeing manholes being blown off.

The speed limit on Centennial Blvd. is 35 MPH.


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