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Aubrey McClendon, Indicted CEO, Dies Alone in 1-Car Crash

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Aubrey McClendon, inset, and the crash scene. (Reuters)

By    |   Thursday, 03 Mar 2016 11:57 AM

Aubrey McClendon, former CEO of Chesapeake Energy who helped transform the energy industry with shale gas, died Wednesday in a fiery car crash less than one day after being charged with violating federal antitrust laws. He was 56.

Oklahoma City Police Captain Paco Balderrama said McClendon was not wearing a seatbelt and driving along a remote two-lane road when he "pretty much drove straight into the wall" of an overpass, Reuters reported.

"There was plenty of opportunity for him to correct or get back on the roadway and that didn't occur," he added.

According to USA Today, one witness told a 911 dispatcher that, "The accident looks pretty bad. The car looks like it might be on fire…It looks like they swerved and hit."

Another man said the cab of the 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe was "completely impacted within" and that the vehicle was "on fire."

Energy industry executives said that McClendon was a true visionary who ushered in a new era of energy abundance in the US by pursuing hydraulic fracturing technology.

"Aubrey's tremendous leadership, vision and passion for the energy industry had an impact on the community, the country and the world. We are tremendously proud of his legacy," American Energy Partners said in a statement.

McClendon was indicted on Tuesday after a nearly four-year federal antitrust probe. He denied the allegations against him.

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Aubrey McClendon, former CEO of Chesapeake Energy who helped transform the energy industry with shale gas, died Wednesday in a fiery car crash less than one day after being charged with violating federal antitrust laws. He was 56.
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