DEL RIO, TX – A train and a tanker truck filled with jet fuel crashed in front of Laughlin Air Force Base in Del Rio on Monday morning.
According to the 830 Times, on Nov. 15 at around 7 a.m., multiple firetrucks with the Del Rio Fire Department were dispatched to Laughlin AFB’s North gate, located off US Highway 90, for the report of a crash involving a tanker truck and a train.
Witnesses to the crash claimed that the collision caused an explosion that sent flames 50 feet in the air.
Check out the video of the crash below:
The driver of the tanker truck was the only person injured in the crash. He was taken to the Val Verde Regional Medical Center for back and leg pains.
“Our driver got out after the crash,” said Mike Nowicki, a manager for Houston’s Outlaw Transportation that owned the truck involved in the crash. “He was able to get out under his own energy and he’s going to be okay. The crash just clipped the end of the trailer.”
Firefighters were able to confirm that the tanker truck was filled with jet fuel that was being delivered to the base. In total with the AFB's firefighters and the CODR firefighters, a total of 13 trucks were called to extinguish the explosion.
During the crash and cleanup the North gate at Laughlin AFB was closed.