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Tanker involved in deadly I-10 crash was hauling a petroleum product

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The back of the tanker truck involved in Monday's fiery crash on I-10 eastbound. (Franz Barraza, WALA) The back of the tanker truck involved in Monday's fiery crash on I-10 eastbound. (Franz Barraza, WALA)
MOBILE, AL (WALA) -

The back of the tanker was about the only part of the truck that was left intact after a fiery crash on I-10 eastbound at the Virginia Street exit ramp Monday, May 14. 

The placard on the tailgate indicated the tanker's hazardous materials identification number, which shows the tanker was registered as carrying a petroleum distillate or petroleum product.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said inhalation of that material can cause dizziness, nausea, and irritation in the nose and throat. 

While Monday's scary scene on I-10 may seem like something you would only see in a movie, it's more common than you might think. 

Sunday in Kentucky, a major highway was closed for several hours after a gasoline tanker overturned. 

Three weeks ago in Missouri, crews fought another impressive blaze after a tanker carrying ethanol crashed, shutting down a stretch of interstate for two and a half hours. 

And, less than a month ago, a terrifying explosion was caught on camera in West Mobile. 

A two block radius around the intersection of Zeigler Boulevard and Athey Road had to be evacuated.

In fact, 22 hazmat tanker crashes occurred in the U.S. in 2016 alone, according to the federal transportation safety administration. 

FOX10 News Investigates wanted to know, are there any restrictions on where these tankers can travel?

On the Gulf Coast, tankers carrying hazardous materials aren't allowed to use either the Wallace or the Bankhead tunnels, they are required to use the Africatown Bridge instead, but that's the only restricted route to tankers in Alabama. 

Also still intact on the back of the trailer was the license plate, which shows the truck was registered in Texas. 

However, police said because the tanker was so badly burned, they are still not sure who owned it. 

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