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Driver rescued from Pennsylvania gas tanker crash

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 3, 2014 at 9:15 am •  Published: June 3, 2014
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TITUSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A driver is recovering after being rescued from his tanker truck, which crashed and burned while carrying a load of ethanol gasoline in northwestern Pennsylvania.

Police have yet to release the name of the driver who crashed about 4 p.m. Monday in Plum Township, Venango County. That's near Titusville, about 90 miles north of Pittsburgh.

Investigators say the driver tried to brake for traffic stopped in front of him on westbound Route 27.

The truck slid across the road and rolled onto its passenger side before bursting into flames, which took about four hours to extinguish.

Battalion Chief Ryan Sekerski of the Cochranton Volunteer Fire Department says he and another firefighter were able to pull the driver from the cab, after first cloaking him in a spare fire coat.

The driver was taken to Meadville Medical Center.