Tanker explodes at Atoka Co. prison, no injuries reported

Source: Okla. Dept. of Corrections

STRINGTOWN, Okla. (KXII) - A tanker truck exploded as it was delivering fuel at Mack Alford Correctional Center in Stringtown, Oklahoma, Friday afternoon.

Assistant warden Ryan Graham tells us no one was injured and no damage to any facility or fences have been reported. He also says the driver escaped harm.

"It's a blessing that no one was hurt in this accident," said Oklahoma Department of Corrections Director Joe M. Allbaugh. "This was a violent explosion."

Graham tells us three local fire departments quickly responded and used a special foam to extinguish the fire.

News 12 viewers reported being able to feel the explosion and see the smoke from several miles away.

ODOC says it is aware of and looking into the incident.

Mack Alford houses nearly 800 male inmates at its medium security and satellite minimum security units.

We'll have more on this developing story tonight on News 12.

A tanker truck is shown after it exploded and caught fire Friday, May 10, 2019, at Mack Alford Correctional Center in Atoka.
An unidentified official examines debris from Friday, May 10, 2019's explosion of a tanker truck at Mack Alford Correctional Center in Atoka.