Fuel truck explosion in Phoenix leaves driver with burns on head, face

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Fuel truck explosion in Phoenix leaves driver with burns on head, face

The explosion occurred early Tuesday morning near North 39th and West Clarendon Avenue, according to Phoenix Fire Department.

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A 40-year-old driver was burned on his head and face when a fuel truck exploded early Tuesday near North 39th and West Clarendon avenues, according to Phoenix Fire Department. 

Phoenix fire officials received a report about the explosion and that a person was burned.

Firefighters were able to put out the fire, and the man was taken to a burn center in extremely critical condition.

Fire crews are monitoring the scene and working to contain the fuel spill, according to Phoenix Fire Department.

A second tanker was sent to the location to siphon the remainder of the fuel from the original tanker truck.

Phoenix hazardous materials units, along with Phoenix police, contacted Arizona Department of Transportation and the National Transportation Safety Board to assist in investigating the explosion.

Reach the reporter at Ayano.Nagaishi@arizonarepublic.com or follow her on Twitter @yanonaga98

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