Sunday, April 13, 2014

Semi Hauling Explosives On Fire Near Vian

At approximately 3:45pm area law enforcement officials including the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Sequoyah County Sheriff's Department and the Vian Police Department were called to the scene of a semi truck that had caught fire in the East bound lane of Interstate 40 at the Vian exit. Reports indicate the semi was hauling Army explosives. The Vian Fire Department was called out immediately and did an outstanding job extinguishing the fire under dangerous circumstances. The loud explosions heard in the area are believed to be related to the vehicle's tires blowing out and not from weapons explosions. The vehicle is located on or near the bridge overpass of Highway 82 and Interstate 40 and is blocking the interstate at this time. Traffic is being diverted off the interstate onto the east bound off ramp at Vian and immediately directed back onto the east bound on ramp. The status of the driver is unknown at this time.
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