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Hardee County, Florida -- The driver of a tanker carrying over 8,500 gallons of fuel was killed after it crashed and caught on fire on State Road 62.

Authorities say the accident happened around 2 p.m. and residents within a half-mile radius of the accident have been evacuated.

The Florida Highway Patrol says the tanker was heading east on SR 62 approaching Moye Road when, for an unknown reason, the tanker traveled off the roadway and onto the south shoulder. It then overturned and hit a guardrail exploding into flames.

The tanker was the only vehicle involved.

The road remains closed in both directions while the Florida Highway Patrol investigates and crews clear the wreckage.

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