El Dorado man killed as truck carrying chemical explodes on south Arkansas highway

Courtesy: Ouachita Electric Cooperative
Courtesy: Ouachita Electric Cooperative(KNOE)
Published: Mar. 27, 2019 at 9:55 AM CDT
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CAMDEN, Ark. (AP) - Authorities say a truck driver hauling ammonium nitrate was killed when his vehicle exploded on a south Arkansas highway.

Arkansas State Police say authorities have recovered the remains of 63-year-old Randall McDougal of El Dorado following the Wednesday morning blast west of Camden, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of Little Rock. State police say the driver was employed by Blann Trucking Co. of Hampton and that the vehicle was carrying ammonium nitrate.

State police say the truck's brakes caught fire early Wednesday, and witnesses said McDougal left the vehicle to try to extinguish the blaze. Witnesses told police that the driver had returned to the truck when it exploded.

The Arkansas Department of Transportation says the blast created a 15-foot crater in the road. You can see close-ups of the crater here and an overhead drone shot below.

A photo from the scene shared by an ambulance company shows a large plume of smoke in the air.

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Ouachita Electric Cooperative also posted this video of the aftermath on their Facebook page.

Drone footage from Hwy 278 tanker explosion this morning

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