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Phoenix police: Fuel tanker driver burned in explosion dies

Posted at 1:02 PM, Nov 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-06 15:02:11-05

PHOENIX (AP) - Authorities say a fuel tanker driver who was critically injured after the truck exploded in Phoenix has died.

Phoenix police say there's no suspicion of foul play in the death of 40-year-old Miguel Ramirez, but the cause of the explosion is under investigation.

Phoenix Fire Department authorities say crews responded to a vehicle fire on Tuesday.

Authorities say Ramirez was filling his diesel gas tanker when the explosion occurred around 7:15 a.m.

Ramirez suffered severe burns- especially to his head and face - and was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Hazmat crews worked to contain the fuel spill and monitor the area and a second tanker was sent to the location to siphon the remaining fuel from Ramirez's truck.