Cambridge, VT Tanker Truck Wreck, Dec 1961

Flaming Crash Kills Driver Of Tank Truck

CAMBRIDGE, Vt. (AP)--A truck driver tentatively identified as William R. Aldrich, 46, of Shelburne, was burned to death today when his gasoline loaded vehicle flipped over, caught fire and exploded on Route 15.

Authorities said the victim was identified by records at Burlington's Esso Oil Co. outlet for which he was employed but his body was "burned beyond recognition."

They said the driver was attempting to pass a road gang working on a section of the highway about a mile away from this Chittenden County village when the truck skidded in soft shoulder, rolled over and caught fire.

Two workmen in the road gang said they were unable to reach the victim before leaking oil caught fire and the flames engulfed the vehicle.

Bennington Banner, Bennington, VT 6 Dec 1961