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Fuel tanker driver speaks out after wreck

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SODDY DAISY, TN (WRCB) -

A truck driver is still off the job Tuesday night after wrecking his tanker Monday in Murphy, N. Carolina. He says if it weren't for his quick actions, it could have been a lot worse.

"I could've died, and there would've been nothing that could have been done," Ronald Williams told Eyewitness News, just one day after the crash.

It happened early Monday morning on U.S. 64. Williams was pulling nearly 9,000 gallons of gas when he rolled the truck on the four-lane highway. He said he drives that same route five days a week and knows the roads well.

"I don't know if I hit ice or whatever... It just happened."

Williams said he was switching lanes to avoid constriction when the trailer began to slip.

"Whenever I felt the left side sinking [into the median] even more, I knew I was going over and there was nothing I could do about it."

He said instincts kicked in, so he held on to the steering wheel with his foot on the brake, "and eventually, we turned over."

Luckily, no fuel spilled and the tanker didn't explode. The crash closed U.S. 64 for hours, causing some major delays for schools and businesses. But Williams wants frustrated drivers to know it could have been much worse.

"If that thing would've exploded, the road still wouldn't be open today," Williams said. "There'd be a big ol' crater there."

According to Williams, his company's policy is automatic termination for a wreck like this.

"You can be terminated by one thing that you really didn't have a whole lot of control over."

Williams said he was not speeding, sleeping or texting behind the wheel. He received one citation for Failure to Maintain Lane.

The company is still investigating. But in the meantime, Williams is sitting at home -- arm in a sling -- not knowing if he's permanently out of a job. He worries the crash will ruin his eight-year trucking career and force him to find a new living.

"The only thing is, this [incident] is going to follow me now. If I don't go to work here, I may not be able to work again."

"I may have to do something else."

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