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Atwater crash: One dead, huge fireball reported in accident on Highway 99 in California

A person was killed in a crash involving a gas tanker truck that led to a massive fireball Tuesday in California, the officials said.

The California Highway Patrol told FOX 40 researchers believe that the truck was going too fast while exiting the Highway 99 in Atwater, located just outside the Merced, and hit a concrete divider.

The driver of the truck was killed, police said. No other injuries were reported in the crash.

About 200 people in the area were evacuated because of the crash and the subsequent fire. Photos from the scene posted by FOX 26 show damage to a nearby McDonald’s and parked vehicles.

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The Atwater Police Department posted on Facebook to ask people to avoid the area.

The smoke can be seen by the inhabitants in the North-Merced county, located 5-8 km from the site of the crash, according to FOX 40.

People on social media are also shared videos and photos of the huge plume of smoke caused by the crash.

#amerchlife Walmart 5890 Atwater just evacuated because a gas station down the street had an explosion and filled the shop with smoke.

A post shared by Steve Link (@linkamerch) on May 23, 2017 at 10:28am PDT

Yo, there was an explosion of a tanker in atwater who blew the McDonald’s parking lot and the Arco! This is a photo of the more pic.twitter.com/ObUNu95mJ4

— Cristian La Flare (@istian_da_great) 23 May 2017

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