Tanker Truck Explosion Leaves 1 Dead in Windhorst, Texas
A tanker truck set off a massive explosion at a Windhorst, Texas gas station Tuesday afternoon, tragically killing the vehicle’s driver.
Tanker Truck Explosion Heard Throughout Windhorst
The Archer County Sheriff’s Office responded to reports of an explosion at Joe’s Kwik Stop, located about 25 miles from Wichita Falls along U.S. Highway 281, around 1:30 p.m. on September 24th.
People throughout Windhorst, a normally quiet town of just 400 residents, heard and felt the blast.
“I was talking a minute then walked out and set my salads down on the seat and I hear a boom, and I looked up and seen a flash of fire going across the pickup truck and the truck on fire just that quick,” one witness told KDFX 3.
Tanker Truck Blew Up as it Was Unloading Fuel
First responders arriving to the scene discovered that a tanker truck had exploded, possibly while it was unloading fuel. Had it not been for the fire crews’ quick action, the consequences of the blast could have been far worse.
“So, the large tanks here, that’s why they were spraying the water because they do have gas and diesel just to try to keep the heat down, so apparently they did a fantastic job,” said Sergeant Dan Buesing of the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Tanker Truck Explosion Killed Texas Petroleum Employee
Authorities later identified the tanker truck explosion victim as a 31-year-old man from Idalou, Texas. The young father reportedly worked for Lubbock-based Texas Petroleum.
So far, it’s not clear what caused the tanker truck to explode. The Archer County Sheriff’s Department is continuing to investigate the incident.
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