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What to know about driver who survived Turnpike inferno

Driver for CWC Transportation carrying 8,500 gallons of fuel before crash, fire officials say
A fuel truck engulfed in flames on Florida's Turnpike between Hypoluxo Road and Boynton Beach Boulevard in west Boynton Beach on Dec. 8, 2023 (3).PNG
Posted at 11:13 AM, Dec 08, 2023
and last updated 2023-12-08 13:58:43-05

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — WPTV is learning more about the driver who survived a dramatic fuel tanker crash and explosion on Florida's Turnpike west of Boynton Beach on Friday morning.

The director of operations for CWC Transportation told WPTV that the driver, who has not been identified, is walking and shaken up but has no obvious signs of any serious injuries.

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue said the fiery wreck happened on the Hypoluxo Road overpass, just north of Boynton Beach Boulevard, shortly before 6 a.m.

Firefighters battle fuel tanker fire on Florida's Turnpike, Dec. 8, 2023
Palm Beach County firefighters battle a fuel tanker fire on Florida's Turnpike, Dec. 8, 2023, west of Boynton Beach, Fla.

The company said the driver loaded up the semi-truck with about 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel and 7,500 gallons of gasoline on Friday morning at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale and was heading to a Lake Worth service station.

The cause of the crash is still unknown.

The director of operations said all CWC drivers have a CDL Class A license — which is required to drive a tanker. They come from driving schools and, overall, have stellar driving records, along with hazmat and tanker certifications.

The official said Friday's Turnpike emergency is a stark reminder of the potential dangers of the job, but the company will do whatever is needed to support this driver and see what can be learned from the case to help other drivers stay safe.

According to its website, CWC Transportation has its corporate headquarters in Medley, Florida, and delivers diesel, ethanol and gasoline throughout the Sunshine State.