Tanker at Jackson gas station explodes - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Tanker at Jackson gas station explodes

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) - Emergency officials say a tanker filled with gas exploded at an Exxon station in Jackson, but there were no serious injuries.

Madison County Emergency Management Agency Director Marty Clements says the fire Thursday afternoon near Interstate 40 has been put out, but officials have evacuated about a quarter of a mile around the station and shut down a nearby exit ramp.

Jeremy Heidt, a spokesman for the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, said the tanker carrying 1,200 gallons of fuel was filling the station's underground tank when a car drove over the hose

The hose ruptured, spilling gas that caught fire and spread into the tanker, he said. Heidt said there was one minor injury, but no other details were available.

Clements said they are keeping people away until the tanker can be moved and the underground tank is checked out.

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