Victim in fatal Frederick tanker truck explosion identified

Police have identified the man who died in a tanker truck explosion Saturday in Frederick. 

Maryland State Police announced Friday that the victim is Ronald Leroy Heiston Jr., 58, of Smithsburg Maryland. 

According to police, Heiston was driving a tanker truck with approximately 8,650 gallons of gasoline from Manassas, Virginia to Taneytown, Maryland when he left the right side of the road, struck a tree and caught fire. He was declared dead at the scene. 

The crash was reported around 12:00 p.m. on US Route 15 at Rosemont Avenue near Schley Avenue in Frederick. According to Maryland State Police, the flames caused by the explosion damaged six homes and five cars near the scene. 


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