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Hills Driver Dies in Fuel Tanker Explosion

bushfire police car SAPOL

A Hills man has died after his 14,000L fuel truck carting diesel crashed and exploded in Meadows.

Just after 11pm on Thursday 15 October, patrols and emergency services were called to Brookman Road, after the tanker left the road and rolled before catching on fire.

According to the CFS, multiple residents called Triple 000 after hearing a large explosion and seeing flames as high as 20 metres.

Twelve CFS crews, three MFS crews, two CFS bulkwater carriers and specialist CFS trucks arrived to find a large fire.

SA Police, SA Ambulance services and the Environment Protection Agency supported the 70 firefighters as they worked to contain the fire and fuel spill.

The driver and sole occupant, a 59-year-old man from Echunga, died at the scene.

Investigators from Major Crash attended the scene and Brookman Road will be closed for most of today between Morris Road and Hammersmith Drive while crews carry out repairs to the road surface.

The man's death is the 70th life lost on our roads as compared to 86 for this time last year.

Photo of a police car in front of a fire, SAPOL