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Tanker Fire Investigation Continues

By Caitlyn Jones
By cjones@wbbjtv.com

HENDERSON COUNTY, Tenn. - Investigators are still looking into the crash that cost a truck driver his life, Tuesday night.

According to Tennessee Highway Patrol, William T. Shamblin, of West Virginia was driving a tanker truck down Interstate 40 eastbound last night near mile marker 112, when it went off the right side of the road, down an embankment, hit some trees, then exploded and burned.

Authorities said the Slay Transportation Company truck from Illinois was empty during the accident, and the fire was quickly put out. Shamblin's cause of death has yet to be determined, and THP officials aren't exactly sure what caused him to crash.

"Possibly fell asleep, possible medical conditions, who knows. It's still under investigation. We'll just have to look and see if we can ever find the answer," said Lt. Brad Wilbanks.

A Tennessee Department of Transportation spokesperson said crews plan to begin removing the 18-wheeler from the ditch at 8:30 a.m., Friday. It may take several hours and will close down a lane of traffic. Motorists should try and find alternate routes during that time.