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Driver of fuel tanker in Hwy. 83 accident dies

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The driver of a fuel tanker that overturned near Melita late this afternoon has died.

The 52-year-old man, whose name is not being released, was pronounced dead at the Melita hospital. The single-vehicle accident happened at around 5 p.m. on Highway 83, 15 kilometres south of Melita.

Virden RCMP continue to investigate the cause of the collision with the assistance of an RCMP traffic analyst.

A diesel leak was detected and efforts are being made to contain it, RCMP said in a news release. The tanker was hauling 15,000 litres of diesel fuel at the time of the collision.

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