SAVANNAH, Ga. — Georgia authorities say a fuel tanker exploded after colliding with another truck on Interstate 95 south of Savannah, killing the tanker’s driver and causing a fire that forced police to close the entire highway for several hours.

Georgia State Patrol Lt. Paul Cosper says the fiery crash happened at about 3:40 a.m. Thursday near Richmond Hill, about 18 miles southwest of Savannah. He says the fuel tanker exploded after it collided in a southbound lane with the back end of a tractor trailer hauling cars.

Cosper says the tanker driver was killed but there were no other serious injuries. He says the fire burned hot enough to melt pavement and forced authorities to close I-95 to traffic in both directions for about three hours early Thursday.