Flames and smoke could be seen for miles when a semi tanker just loaded with crude oil exploded.
Firemen complete efforts to put out the fire and explosion that destroyed an oil tanker truck northwest of Sandoval Friday afternoon.
A semi tank truck that had just removed crude oil from an oil tank battery northwest of Sandoval exploded and burned Friday afternoon.
Officials say the driver of the truck, 24-year-old Glen Dial of North 1700 Street in St. Peter, heard the truck trailer making noises as he prepared to leave the tank battery and took off running to escape. Sandoval Fire Protection District firemen say Dial received apparent minor injuries, including singed hair. He was transported to St. Mary's Hospital in Centralia for treatment.
The incident occurred in a field off the Meridian Road near the Ducomb Road intersection about five miles north of U.S. 50. Firemen say when they arrived the truck cab had been destroyed by fire and a large hole had been blown into the side of the tanker. The fire also spread to about 20 acres of soybeans.
Sandoval called Odin, Patoka, and Huey-Boulder-Ferrin Firemen for mutual aide assistance. They all brought tanker and brush trucks to help put out the large field fire. Lifestar Ambulance transported the truck driver to the hospital to allow Sandoval Firemen to concentrate on the fire fighting effort.
Sandoval Firemen say the truck and oil battery are owned by Bi-Petro.
The explosion and flash fire was reported at 1:26 Friday afternoon. Firemen were on the scene for about three hours.
Four fire departments combine efforts to fight a fire set off by a truck explosion.