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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Texas Woman dies in tanker crash

Danie M. Huffman

A head-on collision caused a woman’s death after a fire erupted from the crash on Highway 51 North Tuesday evening.

Leah Janeen Boehm, of Weatherford, was driving a 2002 Jeep Wrangler headed north.

Christopher Lee Brewer, of Seminole, Okla., was driving the tanker water truck headed south.

Brewer told Texas Department of Public Safety troopers Boehm veered into his lane. The preliminary report states Brewer also reportedly swerved to the right to avoid the collision, but she “kept coming.”

Witnesses said they heard three loud “booms,” at the time of impact and saw smoke.

“I can’t believe all that smoke came from one accident,” said Cristen Anders, who heard the crash. “It was something awful.”

Brewer was said to have been wearing his seatbelt. He suffered a fractured left leg, femur and broken left hand. He was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

Boehm was reportedly not wearing her seatbelt. She was pronounced dead on the scene by LifeCare paramedics. Her body was taken to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The tanker was completely destroyed in the blaze.

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