OOIDA member loses life in horrific highway tragedy

| 8/22/2002

Trucker and OOIDA member Paul M. Brannan, 43, lost his life Aug. 16 in a fiery tanker truck accident near Savona, NY.

Brannan, of Arkport, NY, died after the fuel super tanker he was hauling with his Peterbilt left the road just beyond the Savona exit on I-85 about 5 p.m. Friday and burst into flames. There were no other injuries.

Witnesses reported three loud booms followed by thick black smoke as the tanker jackknifed. The tanker carried 11,000 gallons of fuel.

Brannan allegedly escaped from the truck and crawled to toward the highway pavement, rolling as he attempted to put out the flames that engulfed his body. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Brannan was well known for his community involvement, commitment to his family and profession. His friends and family describe him as a caring and generous man and the ultimate professional trucker.

Traffic was diverted to side roads for several hours after the accident. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.