Tanker Rolls Over, Bursts Into Flames in Nashville, Tennessee

A tanker explodes in a fireball, spilling toxic fuel into an underground drainage system.
1:31 | 08/14/14

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Transcript for Tanker Rolls Over, Bursts Into Flames in Nashville, Tennessee
Now to Nashville tonight, those stunning images, manhole covers blasting off, columns of fire shooting into the air. What's causing it? ABC's Ron Claiborne now. Reporter: This video taken only seconds after the tanker truck loaded with more than 8,000 gallons of gasoline and diesel rolled over while making a turn. The tanker explodes in a fireball, spilling toxic fuel into an underground daneige system, leading to a nearby creek. It came out through there and jackknifed turned over and exploded. Reporter: The dramatic moments recorded on the 911 call. A tanker fuel truck it's spreading quick the sky's turning black. It's bad. Reporter: Amazingly officials say the flames spread through the underground storm drains, vapors triggered explosions blocks away. This man was standing feet away from a manhole cover that suddenly erupts like a cannon being fired. Watch again. This time from a different view. Oh, my god! Reporter: Experts say for a heavily loaded tanker, any turn is potentially dangerous. In 2007 a tanker rolled over and burst into flames in Oakland, California on a highway curve. Somehow the driver of the Nashville fuel truck escaped with minor injuries. Cause of the accident is under investigation. Ron Claiborne, ABC news, new York.

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