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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Driver of a saltwater tanker truck killed

KTBS :: View News:
Driver of saltwater truck killed in wreck

Posted on 04/09/2007

The driver of a saltwater tanker truck was killed in DeSoto Parish Sunday afternoon when his truck ran off a highway and overturned.

Speed was believed to be the primary reason for the crash -- the third fatal accident in DeSoto Parish involving a saltwater truck on that highway in the past four months.

The accident happened about 12:30 p.m. on Louisiana Highway 5 north of Mansfield. Killed was Christopher Burroughs, 30, of Carthage, Texas.

State Police said Burroughs was driving the saltwater truck westbound on Highway 5 when he lost control in a curve. The truck ran off the right side of the road and overturned.

Burroughs was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the truck, troopers said.

The truck was carrying saltwater from an energy drilling site. The tanker overturned and some of the saltwater it was carrying leaked into a ditch.

In December, a Shreveport man was killed when his car was hit by a saltwater truck. The truck driver drifted into the wrong lane when he reached down to pick up a cell phone he had dropped. The following day, the driver of another saltwater truck was killed when he lost control of his truck and ran off the road.

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