The driver of a truck delivering coffee products in Tacoma's Tide-flats was killed early Thursday when the truck backed into a parked semi and erupted in flames.
The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office has not released the driver’s name and age. His family was being notified of his death. An autopsy on the man will likely be conducted today, the office reported.
Investigators initially thought the fire near East 19th and East D streets was suspicious. Police and fire investigators spent the morning inspecting the charred remains of the cab and what remained of its trailer.
Detectives later ruled the blaze accidental, police spokesman Andrew Hankins said.
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The man was making a delivery to a business in the 400 block of East 19th Street when his truck hit the parked, unoccupied semitrailer and burst into flames just after 2 a.m. A bystander called 911 and reported two loud explosions. Firefighters responded to the parking lot of Nichols Trucking Co., 424 E. 19th St., and found the first semitrailer engulfed in flames.
“The fire was very intense,” Hankins said. “The cab disintegrated and burned to the ground.”
After fire crews extinguished the flames, they found what appeared to be human remains in the cab and called police, Deputy Fire Chief Jolene Davis said.