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Tallassee officer recovering after being struck by car

Situation regarding tanker fire incident. Situation regarding tanker fire incident.
Situation regarding tanker fire incident. Situation regarding tanker fire incident.
Situation regarding tanker fire incident. Situation regarding tanker fire incident.
MACON CO., AL (WSFA) -

Authorities continue their investigation following two incidents, a tanker fire and the injury of a police officer who was directing traffic backed up because of that fire, early Tuesday morning along Interstate 85.

The situation started around 2:00am near the Shorter exit of I-85 when when a tanker truck carrying hazardous materials caught fire. Authorities evacuated the area because the truck was reportedly carrying silicon tetraflouride, a colorless, poisonous acid gas used in microelectronics and organic synthesis.

A Hazmat team worked to get the area cleared after Tallassee and Shorter Fire Departments extinguished the fire. The driver of the truck told officers that he had a tire blow out which caused sparks and started the fire. There were no injuries in that incident.

OFFICER HIT BY CAR

A Tallassee police officer directing traffic at Exit 26 was struck by a vehicle several hours after the initial incident. That collision happened at approximately 5:30am. 

The officer is identified as Sgt. Tony Mann. 

Investigators say Mann was alert when he was transported to Community Hospital by ambulance. He is said to have suffered "moderate" injuries including a broken leg and collar bone, as well as a possible concussion.

Investigators say the driver of the vehicle "appeared to be distracted and failed to notice officers in the roadway." The officer was thrown onto the vehicle's windshield.

Alabama State Troopers are looking into the incident, but no charges are expected in relation to the collision.

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