Tanker Fire in Henderson Co. Kills One

7 Eyewitness News Staff

HENDERSON COUNTY, Tenn. - A fiery wreck on Interstate 40 claimed the life of a West Virginia truck driver, Tuesday night. Investigators said he ran off the road on the eastbound side in Henderson County.

As of late Tuesday, it was unclear what caused 66-year-old William T. Shamblin to run off the road and his tanker truck burst in to flames. It happened around 8 p.m. near mile marker 112, which is about four miles from Parker's Crossroads. No other vehicles were involved.

Firefighters were able to get the flames under control in about 20 minutes, despite the dry conditions.

Another huge concern was what the truck was hauling. "There were no placards on the side of the truck, which told us it was empty," said Chief Lynn Murphy of the Henderson County Fire Department. "We do not believe it contains anything dangerous to people or the environment."

Eastbound traffic on I-40 was either completely or partially shut down for almost four hours.


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