A fuel delivery truck collided with another vehicle in Belgrade on Wednesday morning before becoming engulfed in flames, injuring two and forcing the closure of a road.
The J&S Oil tanker, driven by 54-year-old Mark Tuttle of Albion, was traveling north along Route 27 when it collided with a 2005 GMC Yukon driven by Robert Engdahl, 74, of Winthrop, according to Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.
Engdahl had stopped at the stop sign at the intersection of routes 8 and 11 and then drove in front on the oncoming tanker, McCausland said.
The tanker, which was carrying 9,500 gallons of No. 2 heating oil, was overturned in the collision and quickly became engulfed in flames, McCausland said.
Both drivers sustained minor injuries in the collision, McCausland said. They were both taken to MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta. Engdahl has been treated and released, and Tuttle was expected to be released later on Wednesday, McCausland said.
Engdahl was cited for failing to yield the right of way, McCausland said.
Route 27 reopened just after noon with a detour around the crash site via Cemetery Road. McCausland said the crash site was expected to be cleaned up by late Wednesday afternoon.
McCausland said Wednesday morning that fire crews were allowing the fuel to burn at the crash site, and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection was at the scene.