Driver stable after petrol tanker explosion

A PETROL tanker carrying 16,000 litres of fuel rolled and exploded near Seaham yesterday.

The 23-year-old driver suffered serious burns and a Hunter New England Health spokeswoman said he was in a stable condition in John Hunter Hospital this morning.

Police and firefighters remained at the scene for several hours yesterday, after the accident sparked a small grass fire.

About 1.25pm the driver lost control of the tanker on Seaham Road. It rolled a number of times before exploding.

Seaham Road was closed in both directions until about 5pm yesterday.

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