Welding Truck Fire Closes Highway 54 Thursday
KSCB News - February 4, 2011 12:24 pm
Officials closed Hwy. 54 for more than one hour after a welding truck carrying oxygen and acetylene caught fire.
According to reports from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, units were dispatched to a welding truck on fire that was carrying explosive materials, three miles east of Guymon on Hwy. 54 Thursday at 2:12 p.m. The welding truck was carrying oxygen and acetylene.
The busy highway was closed for more than one hour while officials worked to contain the blaze.
Motorists were crossing the median while waiting for officials to re-open Hwy. 54 Thursday afternoon. National Beef employees and others needing to travel to Hooker and Liberal were delayed due to the truck fire.
Hwy. 54 was reportedly reopened at 3:15 p.m.
Officials on scene were Trooper Eric Brown, Trooper Grant Arnold, Size and Weights Trooper Boyd Perry, Trooper Commander Darrel Jordan and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.