Tandem Gasoline Tanker Fatal Fire

Issue 4 and Volume 131.

Tandem Gasoline Tanker Fatal Fire Detriat Free Press photos by Hugh Grannum One person was killed and three others were injured when a rear trailer of a tandem gasoline tanker overturned at a busy Detroit area intersection and touched off a spectacular fire. It was the 13th serious accident involving double-bottom tankers in the Detroit area in 1977. The accidents have killed five persons and injured 16. In this latest incident last December 27, the gasoline tanker plowed through the southwest corner of Coolidge Road and Ten Mile Road, shearing off a utility pole that brought overhead wires down in mass. The tanker, which had been heading east on Ten Mile, then jackknifed on Coolidge, and the rear trailer overturned, spewing flaming gasoline into the street. A car southbound on Coolidge swerved to avoid the truck and overturned. The two occupants of the car escaped with cuts and bruises and…

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