Truck Drops Gas Canisters, Causing Fatal Crash


By Paul Johnson

Phoenix, Arizona (CNN) - A flatbed truck dropped several gas canisters on interstate-17 in Arizona, causing a very bad crash.
An Arizona d-o-t camera recorded the smoke billowing off of the wreckage.
The phoenix fire department says the flatbed truck dropped part of its load, causing a motorcyclist to swerve in front of a semi-truck.
That semi-truck hit a gas canister and caught fire.
It also hit a minivan with two adults and four children inside.
"There was a traumatic trauma situation to the motorcyclist. Several cars were damaged severely, and also several explosions of fire. We've evaluated seven patients. The motorcyclist is in very, very critical condition with serious trauma injuries and burn injuries."
The motorcyclist -- a man in his 30s -- was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
The adults in the minivan, who were taken to a hospital, are expected to be okay.
Police say the driver of the flatbed truck that dropped the gas canisters drove away and wasn't at the scene of the crash when first responders arrived.
Police are now trying to find that driver.

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