Escape from fiery Oklahoma crash called "miraculous"

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Posted: Mar 25, 2011 2:07 PM
Escape from fiery Oklahoma crash called "miraculous"

OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - A tanker truck loaded with 8,000 gallons of fuel exploded on Friday morning in Oklahoma City when it collided with a car driven by a teenage girl on her way to school, fire officials said.

Neither the truck driver nor the teenager were seriously injured, to the surprise of firefighters and police.

"Her car was on fire as she was getting out," said Oklahoma City Fire Battalion Chief Brian Stanaland. "Pretty miraculous."

The fire burned for about 90 minutes before firefighters could bring foam to the scene to extinguish it, he said.

The accident occurred at about 7 a.m. as the teenager attempted to cross the Northwest Expressway at a rural stretch of the road in far northwest Oklahoma City, Stanaland said. The expressway was closed to traffic for cleanup and road repairs after the accident, he said.

(Reporting by Steve Olafson; Editing by Corrie MacLaggan and Jerry Norton)