Brownfield man still critical after deadly propane explosion

Brownfield man still critical after deadly propane explosion

BROWNFIELD, TX (KCBD) - A Brownfield man remains in critical condition Friday after suffering severe burns in a propane explosion on Thursday.

Two semi trucks collided on the highway just before 8 a.m. Robert Melvin, 58, of Lubbock died on the scene.

Melvin was driving a semi hauling a tanker filled with propane. Authorities tell us he was northbound, when it appears he swerved to avoid another semi in front of him. The trucks collided and the tanker then exploded.

Investigators say the second semi, driven by Robert Neal Jr., 45 from Alabama, may have been making a U-turn. Neal was not injured, and investigators are still working to determine which lane he was in, and whether he signaled.

Aaron Foshee, 23 of Brownfield also suffered critical burns when the tanker exploded. Authorities say he was in his pick-up in the southbound lanes when the explosion happened. Foshee remains hospitalized at University Medical Center in critical condition.

U.S. Highway 62/82 north of Brownfield is now back open to traffic.

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