Truck carrying explosives catches fire, shuts down I-40 west of Clinton
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says westbound Interstate 40 west of Clinton was closed Monday evening after a semi that was carrying explosives rolled over and caught fire.
OHP says it was called to mile marker 58, west of Clinton on I40 Monday just after 4:00 PM. According to OHP, the semi driver lost control when a car in front of him stopped suddenly. The semi rolled over on its side across several lanes of traffic.
According to Custer County Emergency Management Director Mike Galloway, the driver of the truck was uninjured but a wife who was in the sleeper was hurt. She was taken via helicopter to Oklahoma City with critical injuries to her legs. Galloway says there was initially a fire but it was extinguished quickly.
Galloway says the truck is carrying an explosive used in the oilfield industry and if it catches fire, there is a serious danger. He says the load is currently stable and the company is working to remove the load Monday evening.
First responders are still on scene to ensure no other problems with the explosives.
I40 westbound has been shut down in the area as crews work to clear the accident. Motorists are urged to avoid the area and traffic is being diverted.