ORLEANS COUNTY, NY - One person is dead following a fiery tanker crash in the town of Barre early Tuesday morning.
The Orleans County Sheriff's Department said the accident happened around 4:15 a.m. on East Lee Road near Mathes Road.
Route 31A between East Barre Rd. and Powerline Rd. is closed until further notice due to this accident.
Deputies say the driver was headed eastbound when he failed to negotiate a curve and went off the road and hit a utility pole. The truck continued across Mathes Road before crashing into some trees and bursting into flames.
The driver was taken to the Monroe County Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy. He has not been identified.
The 18-wheel tanker was carrying 8,000 gallons of ethanol at the time of the crash.
A witness tells 2 on Your Side they heard three explosions. Authorities say flames shot as high as 60 feet in the air.