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Truck Hauling Moonshine Explodes

Tue., Nov. 4, 1997

A pickup truck hauling 200 gallons of moonshine in plastic milk jugs ran off a highway and into a tree, exploding in flames and killing the driver.

The illegal liquor likely fueled the blast and the fire, Berkeley County sheriff’s Lt. K.M. LeMaster said.

The driver apparently lost control early Friday on Interstate 81 in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle, about 90 miles northeast of Washington.

When police and firefighters reached the scene, moonshine was burning along the highway and in the surrounding grass, South Berkeley Fire Chief Bruce Chrisman said.

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