Driver cited for speeding, inattention after tanker truck explosion

Driver cited for speeding, inattention after tanker truck explosion (Image 1)
Driver cited for speeding, inattention after tanker truck explosion (Image 1)

The driver of a tanker truck involved in an explosion earlier this month was cited on Friday.

Metro police told News 2 contributing factors to the crash were inattention and exceeding the posted speed limit of 35 miles-per-hour.

The accident occurred during the early afternoon hours of August 13.

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As Jason Frizzell, 33, rounded a curve his tanker rolled onto its right side before sliding more than 60 feet, striking a Nissan Versa.

The tanker then slid more than 125 feet where it hit a utility pole before sliding to a rest in the middle of the road.

During the skid, the gas tank ruptured and fuel ignited.

Based on video evidence, police said the truck was traveling at approximately 50 miles-per-hour as it began to roll onto its right side.

Frizzell admits to looking down prior to his vehicle rolling.

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