WEBSTER COUNTY, KY (7/3/12) – Shortly after midnight on Monday, Emergency Responders were dispatched to the scene of an oil well related explosion that led to a fire on US 41-A between Providence and Dixon.
According to Webster County Emergency Management Director Jeremy Moore, lightning struck an oil storage battery causing the tanks to explode. The top of one of the tanks landed in the roadway. Two other tanks were on fire when firefighters arrived.
The explosion also damaged some 3-phase power lines at the site, causing a power outage in the area.
US 41-A was closed to all through traffic between KY 670/The Providence Bypass at mile point 0.5 and KY 270 at mile point 3.0 to allow emergency responders unrestricted access to the site.
KYTC personnel managed a detour via KY 270 and KY 109 through Clay around the explosion site. The roadway was reopened around 1:30 AM this morning.
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Information provided by Keith Todd
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