The Brandon Police Department is continuing its investigation into what led to a pickup truck crossing the median on Interstate 20 and smashing into an 18-wheeler in Brandon Thursday night.
All three people in the pickup were killed while the driver of the tractor trailer, which burst into flames following the collision, is recovering at Crossgates River Oaks Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Brandon Police assistant chief Chris Butts identified the driver of the 18-wheeler as Bryan Allen Freudeman of Frisco, Texas.
Butts said they have not identified the three people killed in the wreck, but they have traced the license plate from the totaled 1999 gray Chevrolet truck to a home in Star.
Investigators say that at approximately 6:45 p.m. Thursday, a pickup truck traveling east on I-20 near exit 56 crossed the median and collided with an 18-wheeler in the westbound lanes.
The pickup truck exploded and caused the 18-wheeler to also erupt into flames. The pickup truck ended up underneath the 18-wheeler on the I-20 bridge over Marquette Road.
It took some time for crews to begin the process of cleaning up the site because of the load the big rig was carrying.
"The truck was hauling a product approximately 12 totes, 2,000 pounds each of a liquid," Brandon Fire Chief Rob Martin said. "We determined it was 80 percent water and 20 percent ammonium sulfate. That's a very low hazard, but we had to determine that before we could actually go in and begin doing anything."
Butts did not specify where exactly the pickup crossed the median or how the vehicles ended up on the bridge.
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