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Friday, 04 April 2014 10:27

Driver of Ethanol Truck involved in Firey Crash Released

(TUSCOLA COUNTY) -- The driver killed in the fuel truck explosion early Wednesday morning in Tuscola County has been identified as 26-year old Travis Bielat of Allen Park. Authorities say the victim was transferring a load of Ethanol from the Poet Refinery in Caro to a plant in Flint when the crash took place around 3:30 a.m. on Vassar Road near Wilder Road. The truck was owned by Petroleum Transport Incorporated of Romulus. Sheriff's deputies say tracks at the scene indicate that the truck, which was carrying around 13,000 gallons ethanol, left the roadway and struck a tree. Flames at the crash scene burned for about 7 hours Wednesday. An autopsy showed nothing tangible and detectives are still working on the investigation.