WKU Public Radio News Staff
Tue July 3, 2012
U.S. 41 Re-opened after Oil Well Tank Fire
Kentucky Transportation Officials say lightning struck an oil well tank in Webster County late last night, igniting a fire that led to the temporary closure of U.S. 41. The state's Transportation Cabinet says the lid from one of the tanks was blown onto the nearby highway. No injuries have been reported in connection with the incident, which started shortly after 10 pm.
The well is located between Dixon and Providence, and two other tanks were on fire when firefighters arrived. A spokesperson for the well operator says a tank truck had recently pumped oil from the tanks, and that lessened the fire hazard. Heavy rain that accompanied the lightning strike also helped to keep the blaze from spreading.
According to the Associated Press, the explosion and fire also damaged some power lines in the area, interrupting service. Crews cleared the area and the highway re-opened about 1:30 this morning.