Man helps truck driver burned in fuel explosion - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee


Man helps truck driver burned in fuel explosion

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(Source: Linda Hinshaw) (Source: Linda Hinshaw)
(Source: Linda Hinshaw) (Source: Linda Hinshaw)

A gas truck exploded at a gas station in Marshall County on Friday afternoon.

According to Marshall County Sheriff's Office, the truck was at a gas station on Center Street near Highway 178 in Potts Camp, MS.

Firefighters said the blaze started as the driver emptied his tanker into large containers near the gas station. Something sparked, and that lit four other containers in the area and created a loud explosion.

The truck driver was severely injured. He was taken to the hospital by a helicopter.

"He was in pain but he was doing what we told him to," witness Bobby Watson said.

Watson was just two doors down from the gas station when he heard a loud sound. He rushed outside to see what happened and saw a man badly burned, walking from the burning truck.

"I hollered at him and he didn't hear me. So I ran and I could tell he was burnt on his arms, back and stomach," Watson said.

Watson sprung into action and took the man to a nearby bank, where he sprayed water on him from a fire hydrant.

Firefighters are still trying to determine what started the fire as witnesses pray the driver is OK.

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