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Tanker crash shuts down Highway 51: UPDATESubmitted: 05/14/2013
Story By Kailey Burton


MANITOWISH WATERS - A gas tanker and van crash shut down traffic in both directions on Highway 51 Tuesday afternoon.

It happened around 1:00 p.m. just south of Manitowish Waters.

An SUV driving east on County Road H crashed into a gas tanker heading north on Highway 51.

The 2007 Dodge Durango flipped upside down into a marshy roadside ditch.

The driver of the Durango was a 55-year-old woman. She was airlifted to Aspirus Hospital in Wausau.

The tanker truck driver was treated and released.

A Vilas County Sheriff's deputy said the first responders were holding her head up, and carried her away on a stretcher.

The driver of the tanker told sheriff's deputies he was hauling 5,000 gallons of gasoline. Luckily, that did not ignite.

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