2 Hinsdale residents die in Keene tanker crash

KEENE, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire police have identified the two people killed when their vehicle collided with a fuel tanker in Keene.

Keene police say 32-year-old Douglas Farr Jr. and 35-year-old Erin Breault - both of Hinsdale - died in the fiery crash on Route 12 near the Route 9 East ramp.

Police say the driver of the tanker - 54-year-old Jeffrey Cloran of Becket, Mass. - was treated for minor injuries and released from the hospital.

Police say the initial investigation shows the 2011 Hyundai, driven by Farr, crossed the center line and into the path of the tractor trailer.

Police say the tanker - owned by JP Noonan Transportation - was fully loaded with about 5,000 gallons of petroleum when the crash occurred.


Earlier report:

KEENE, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire firefighters are battling a fire in a fuel tanker in the city of Keene.

Officials say the tanker was carrying several thousand gallons of fuel when it caught fire Friday morning.

New Hampshire State Police Lt. Nicole Armaganian says the crash involved two vehicles, but she did not have information on the condition of the vehicles' occupants.

She says Route 12 is closed in the vicinity of the accident, which is near the intersection of Routes 12 and 9.


Original report

KEENE, N.H. -- Route 9 between Washington Street and the Route 12 on ramp has been closed due to a serious accident involving a fuel truck and at least one other vehicle.

Reports indicate an explosion resulting in fatalities.

According to a report in the Keene Sentinel, emergency officials were reporting two fatalities and said the truck was carrying gasoline and diesel. An environmental cleanup company was also en route.

Keene police Capt. Brian C. Costa, through the Sentinel, was asking drivers and parents to avoid roads in the area, as emergency crews worked to get the situation under control. He asked drivers to seek alternate routes until further notice.


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