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Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 7:20 PM
Updated: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 6:25 PM
QUINTON, Okla. — Five people are missing after a fiery explosion ripped through an eastern Oklahoma drilling rig on Monday, sending plumes of black smoke into the air and leaving a derrick crumpled on the ground, emergency officials said.
More than 20 employees were at the natural gas well site when the blast was reported around 8:45 a.m., Pittsburg County Sheriff Chris Morris said. Aerial footage shows several fires were still burning by midday on the rig and other equipment; the derrick, a towering metal structure above the well, collapsed onto the ground.
Emergency crews were pulled away after other explosions at the site, where several tanks are also located, Pittsburg County Emergency Management Director Kevin Enloe said during an afternoon news conference.
"Pretty much everything that is on location is on fire," Enloe said.
The explosion occurred west of the town of Quinton, about 100 miles (161 kilometers) southeast of Tulsa. Enloe said firefighters were letting the blaze burn and weren't putting water on it to keep from spreading possible hazardous materials at the site.
Enloe said about 17 workers were pulled from the site following the blast, including one who suffered minor burns and was treated at the scene. He said crews were searching the surrounding woods to see if anyone had fled into the area.
"Most everybody was taken off the site and taken to a secure site here in Quinton," said Morris, the sheriff. He said workers were "pretty shook up."
"It's a pretty dramatic deal to go through," he said.
Confirmation of any fatalities won't be possible until the fire is extinguished and investigators can get to the scene of the explosion, said Amy Elliott, a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma medical examiner's office.
"I pray there's not, but we just don't know yet," Elliott said.
State environmental and regulatory officials have been notified and were heading to the scene, according to Oklahoma Office of Emergency Management spokeswoman Keli Cain.
The drilling site was being operated by Oklahoma City-based Red Mountain Operating, said Matt Skinner, a spokesman for the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, which regulates oil and gas operators in the state. Telephone and email messages left by The Associated Press with Red Mountain were not immediately returned.
Houston-based Patterson-UTI Energy Inc., a drilling rig operator, confirmed in a statement Monday that some of its employees remain unaccounted for.
"The cause of the fire is unknown at this time," the company said.
Skinner said a company that specializes in rig fires and other well control problems also responded to the blaze.
Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 5:09 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 5:58 AM
VANDALIA — UPDATE @ 6 a.m: A malfunctioning pump spilled ten gallons of fuel at a Vandalia gas station Tuesday morning, prompting HAZMAT to respond.
The incident occurred at the Shell gas station in the 500 block of National Road, per initial reports.
The gas station was closed while crews were on scene, but half of the station pumps have reopened for service.
No injuries or other hazards were reported as a result of the spill.
HAZMAT has been requested to a Vandalia gas station after a fuel spill.
Initial reports indicate fuel spilled at the Shell gas station in the 500 block of National Road. The gas station is closed while crews respond.
Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 3:49 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 5:41 AM
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Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 3:36 AM
TODAY: Early dry time with temperatures in the 60s. We’ll see broken clouds through the day with highs peaking in the low 70s. The record for the day is 69 degrees, set back in 2016. Expect wind gusts through the day between 20 to 30 mph. We can’t rule out a passing shower or storm during the day across the northwest, but most will stay dry during the day. However, tonight showers and storms become more widespread overnight.
WEDNESDAY: Temperatures start in the upper 50s to low 60s with scattered showers and storms during the first half of the day with rain possible falling heavy at times. Temperatures will drop during the day and hit 30 degrees by nighttime with us also experiencing gusty winds. Any lingering showers could fall as a wintry mix or freezing rain.
THURSDAY: Morning showers will be a wintry mix. Cooler temperatures for the day in the mid-40s. Some dry time returns during the day into the evening.
FRIDAY: Widespread rain will begin to fall again, heavy at times. A flood threat continues with highs in the upper 50s.
SATURDAY: Rain continues through the day, again heavy at times. It’ll be breezy with highs in the upper 50s. Flooding is possible with rain totals for the week ranging from 1.5 to 3.5 inches.
Great Miami in Troy and Dayton will get close to the flood stage. Some low lying spots along the river could see minor flooding.
Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 1:06 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 3:44 AM
TROTWOOD — UPDATE @ 6:15 a.m: One man was taken to Grandview Medical Center after he was struck by a vehicle in Trotwood early Tuesday morning.
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The initial call reported that a woman hit a man and that he was in the middle of the road on East Westbrook Road at Macduff Drive, according to investigators.
His condition is unknown at this time.
Officials continue to investigate whether the incident was accidental or on purpose.
Officials continue to investigate a pedestrian strike that occurred in the area of East Westbrook Road at Macduff Drive in Trotwood early Tuesday morning.
The incident was dispatched just after midnight, per initial reports.
A medic was requested to the scene, but there are no further details on the person who was struck.
Westbrook Road at MacDuff Drive was blocked off during the investigation for around two hours, but has since reopened.