- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 28, 2007

A woman and two men were killed yesterday in a fiery crash involving a gasoline tanker truck and two vehicles on Interstate 66 in Fairfax County.

Investigators said the accident occurred about 3:52 a.m., after the three vehicles, all driving west, had crossed the Fairfax County Parkway.

The tanker smashed into the back of a Jeep, which crashed into the back of a Volvo, investigators said.

State police Sgt. Terry Licklider said the Jeep’s gas tank apparently ruptured and set off the fire.

Investigators have yet to determine the speeds of the vehicles or whether any of them were stopped.

The victims were described as a man and a woman inside the Volvo and the male driver of the Jeep.

Investigators said they could not release the names of the victims because medical authorities were trying to determine the identities of bodies, which were badly burned. However, Sgt. Licklider expects the names to be released by this afternoon. He also said medical examiners will be able to determine whether they died from the collision or the fire.

The driver of the gasoline tanker truck was hospitalized with nonserious injuries. He was able to jump to safety before fire consumed the truck cab and the other vehicles.

The crash also tore license plates from the vehicles, which made identification more difficult. However, investigators said the Jeep appeared to be from Haymarket and the Volvo from Winchester.

Fairfax County police and firefighters immediately responded to the accident but were unable to immediately extinguish the fire. The four-lane interstate was closed until nearly 9:30 a.m.

Sgt. Licklider said investigators are still looking for witnesses.

“At the hour of the accident, there aren’t many out there,” he said.

Witnesses should call 703/323-4500.

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