ESCALON (CBS13) – The driver of a gas tanker was pulled out by bystanders after the it went up in flames Saturday.

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The tanker was carrying 8,000 gallons of fuel and caught fire after it collided with a box truck in Escalon along Mariposa Road.

Officials say the flames spread to the road, threatening two nearby homes.

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Firefighters coming from fighting the Rim Fire saw the flames and helped put out the blaze, as well as the tanker fire.

The road is still closed.

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California Highway Patrol confirmed the driver of the tanker died. His identity will be released by the San Joaquin Coroner’s Office pending next of kin notification.