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BLOOMSDALE, Mo. (AP) - The driver of a tanker truck is dead following a fiery accident that closed Interstate 55 in southeast Missouri for several hours.

The accident happened about 10:30 p.m. Thursday near Bloomsdale in Ste. Genevieve County, and all lanes were still shut down by mid-morning Friday.

KFVS-TV reports that the driver of the truck died when the truck ran off the roadway, struck a ditch and exploded.

The cause of the wreck is still under investigation. A witness driving on the highway at the time of the crash reported seeing flames from a mile away.

Information from: KFVS-TV

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