Fuel tanker explodes in Bowling Green, prompts evacuations

BOWLING GREEN, Fla. - A tanker truck exploded in Bowling Green Thursday afternoon just after 2 p.m., killing its driver and shutting down State Road 62 for hours.

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It happened near the intersection of SR-62 and Moye Road.

The truck was carrying approximately 7,200 gallons of unleaded fuel and 1,300 gallons of premium unleaded fuel.

Residents in two homes were evacuated and people are being asked to avoid the area. SR-62 is shut down at Polk Rd. and officials say it will be shut down for much of the night.

Action News has confirmed the tanker is the only vehicle involved in this incident. Witnesses told Hardee County Sheriff's deputies that the driver went off the road and hit a guard rail. The driver died as a result of the accident.

Hardee County Fire Rescue is working with Florida Forest Service, the Hardee County Sheriff's Office and the Florida Highway Patrol to control the scene.

According to the Florida Department of Transportation, the average daily traffic count for SR-62 is about 1,900 cars per day.

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