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Fuel tanker plunges off Highway 41 in Fresno

Fuel tanker plunges off Highway 41 in Fresno

Investigators are working to determine why a tanker truck crashed off of Highway 41 onto the roadway below in downtown Fresno, California this morning.

The crash happened during the morning rush hour in the southbound lanes of Highway 41 at Van Ness Road, according to KMPH.

The California Highway Patrol is still trying to determine why the tanker truck crashed off of the highway. CHP’s Sgt. Leonard Sherman said, “What we do know is at one point, when (the truck) leaves the roadway, a good portion of the component from the vehicle gets launched back out onto the freeway and hits another big rig. There’s also a collision between two cars, two passenger vehicles, but we are not sure what happened first.”

The tanker is used to haul aviation fuel but was empty at the time of the crash.

The tanker truck driver was taken to the hospital after the crash. The extent of his injuries is unknown.

Highway 41 was shut down in both directions for the crash but has since reopened.