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Truck carrying ammunition catches fire after crash near Loxley

Published: Jun. 17, 2022 at 11:54 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 17, 2022 at 6:30 PM CDT
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LOXLEY, Ala. (WALA) - A fiery crash in Loxley sent two people to the hospital and bullets flying.

A semi-truck carrying ammunition bursting into flames after a crash on U.S. 90 shortly after 11 a.m. Friday, shutting down the road in both directions.

According to police say the truck turned in front of a car in the opposite lane, and the car hit the truck in the fuel tank, sparking the blaze.

The car’s driver was able to get out and get to a nearby house to call for help.

Zoe Thomas and her family sprang into action when a semi-truck and a car collided in front of her home.

“It was a little nerve-racking, especially knowing there was a truck with ammo going of and you don’t know if a stray bullet’s going to come of or not with it right there,” Thomas said.

“I go look out the window. The truck’s just engulfed in flames. The car behind him is crushed and the woman had jumped out of the car I guess in shock and got across the ditch. They ended up bringing her to my house. She was downstairs and she was bleeding...a big gash on her head and stuff like that,” Thomas said.

The fire quickly spread through the truck, igniting some ammunition inside.

Witnesses said they heard a lot of shots ringing out.

“There is concern with that and you want to keep your distance from a vehicle collision, especially if it’s a commercial vehicle and you don’t know what’s in it,” said Sgt. Zach Kuiken of the Loxley Police Department. “But we kept the public at a relatively safe distance with the manpower we had and you know, let it fizzle out.”

Police did not release the names of the victims. The driver of the car was flown to an area hospital for treatment while the truck driver suffered minor injuries and was taken to the hospital by ambulance, according to authorities.

Police said they weren’t sure how much or what kind of ammo the truck was hauling, saying it wasn’t relevant to the vehicle crash.

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