The Washington Post

Police identify driver killed in tanker crash

- — Jasmine Hilton

Maryland State Police on Friday identified the driver who died after his tanker truck carrying gasoline crashed into a tree and exploded in Frederick County on Saturday.

Police said in a news release the victim is Ronald Leroy Heiston Jr., 58, of Smithsburg, Md.

Troopers responded for the single-vehicle crash with fire, which occurred just before noon off Route 15 North, about a half mile north of Rosemont Avenue, police said.

According to an initial investigat­ion, Heiston was “driving a tanker truck with approximat­ely 8,650 gallons of gasoline” from Manassas, Va., to Taneytown, Md., when for reasons unknown, the vehicle “left the right side of the road, struck a tree and caught fire,” Maryland State Police said. Heiston died at the scene, police said.

Relatives of Heiston could not be immediatel­y reached.

The crash temporaril­y shut down Route 15 in both directions. Six homes and five other vehicles were damaged by the fire, police said. There were no other injuries.

A crash investigat­ion is ongoing.

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