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LATEST: Full details released following tanker truck crash, explosion on Route 92

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PRESS RELEASE

On Wednesday, June 10, 2015, at approximately 2:29 am, members of the Greenbrier County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a tractor trailer accident on Route 92, approximately 2 miles north of the Anthony Correctional Center.

Initial investigation revealed that the tractor trailer was southbound on State Route 92 when it traveled off onto the western shoulder of the roadway. The vehicle continued to travel southwest and subsequently impacted a tree causing the truck and tractor to jackknife, blocking both the north and southbound lanes of Route 92. The impact also resulted in a fire to both the tractor and trailer. Anthony Creek Fire Department, as well as White Sulphur Springs Fire Department, responded to the scene.

The trailer was a tanker unit, however, it was empty at the time of impact. No fuel spill was determined by the Emergency Disaster Response unit.

The driver of the truck, identified as Sheridan B. Browning of Marlinton WV, received non- life threatening injuries and was transported to Greenbrier Valley Medical Center for treatment.

Route 92 was closed north of the Anthony Correctional Center and south of the Pocahontas County line. The road is expected to be reopened to vehicular travel sometime Wednesday morning.

Sergeant J. J. Martin is the investigating officer.

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UPDATE: First respondents on the scene of the explosion say the cause of the crash is unknown at this time. 

As for the driver, he is in the hospital with minor burns, cuts and scrapes.

According to first respondents, the tanker was empty and no fuel was spilled.

The explosion is believed to have been caused by vapors inside the tanker.

They're estimating the road will be closed for another three hours until the tanker can be towed out.

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GREENBRIER COUNTY (WVVA)- Route 92 in Greenbrier County is shut down Wednesday morning, following a tanker truck explosion.

According to Greenbrier County 911, the explosion happened at 2:25 AM, 17 miles north of White Sulphur Springs on Route 92.

The driver of the truck was transported to the hospital.

Dispatchers say both lanes of Route 92 will be shut down for four or five hours. Several departments are on scene.

A special note for parents whose children ride school bus number 0-3-18

The bus will not run north of the Anthony Correctional Center, but students south of the Anthony Correctional Center will still be picked up.

WVVA has a crew headed to the scene. 

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