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Tanker Near Oakland Explodes

New York Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/29/us/29cnd-collapse.html?ref=us

Los Angeles Times article: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-collapse042907,1,1914284.story?coll=la-headlines-california

Summary: A gasoline tanker crashed and errupted in flames earlier today, the intense heat melting through a large segment of a busy Bay Area freeway interchange and causing it to collapse on a roadway below it.

Both articles had hard news leads and were similar in many aspects. However, the New York TImes aritcles tacks this useful bit of information at the end of its lead: " probably complicating the lives of thousands of Bay Area commuters for months to come."

Both articles proceed to relate the facts behind the incident in much of the same order, noting the amount of gasoline that ignited, time of the accident, and potentially unsafe driving (speeding) surrounding the explosion. The L.A. and N.Y. Times also provide a brief historical overview of prior accidents which occured near the area involved, and consider the implications on viewers' commutes.

In the only notable difference between the articles, the New York Times provides a brief paragraph on the escape of the driver and his condition, providing it with a slight edge in coverage.