Truck Explodes on Highway Near Durant

A truck carrying acetylene tanks caught fire and exploded south of Durant on Highway 78. It happened just northeast of Third Street inside the Durant city limits around 5 p.m. Thursday.

Two Petit Machinery employees were headed back to their shop in Hendrix. One employee noticed fire coming from their truck and immediately pulled over at Arkansas and 78.

Both men got out. Durant fire and police arrived on scene and were attempting to put the fire out when the tank ignited and exploded.

It jolted the truck a few feet into air and blew the windows out. No one was injured and fire fighters put the fire out.