OOIDA member Paul M. Brannan, 43, lost his life Aug. 16 in a fiery
tanker truck accident near Savona, NY.
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
reported three loud booms followed by thick black smoke as the
tanker jackknifed. The tanker carried 11,000 gallons of fuel.
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.
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.
diverted to side roads for several hours after the accident. The
cause of the crash is still under investigation.