Truckers credited with pulling tanker driver to safety

Fellow truckers rescued the driver of a gasoline tanker that rolled over, caught fire and burned on I-196 in southwest Michigan early this morning.

The accident occurred at 3:15 a.m. on the northbound ramp of Exit 26 in South Haven, Michigan, according to media reports. South Haven is located along the Lake Michigan shoreline between Holland and St. Joseph.

Tanker truck fire in SW Michigan (South Haven Emergency Services photo)Tanker truck fire in SW Michigan (South Haven Emergency Services photo)

South Haven Emergency Services said in a post to its Facebook page that the truck was engulfed in flames when its members arrived.

The post adds, “The tanker rolled over as it exited the highway. Other truckers who stopped because of the incident are credited with pulling the injured driver away from the flaming wreckage. The driver was taken to South Haven Community Hospital.”

The fire was allowed to burn itself out.

Traffic in the northbound lane was being rerouted.

The name of the driver and his condition was not released.