(3/27/19) UPDATE: Arkansas State Police have identified the man killed in an explosion near Camden, Arkansas this morning. They say he is 63-year-old Randall McDougal of El Dorado.
Below is the full press release from ASP:
Remains of an individual suspected to be those of Randall McDougal, 63, of El Dorado, have been recovered from the site of an explosion that occurred earlier today along U.S. Highway 278 west of Camden east of the Nevada – Ouachita county line near Arkansas Highway 57. The Arkansas State Police has requested the human remains to be examined for positive identification by the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory.
State troopers have learned that McDougal was employed by Blann Trucking Company of Hampton, the owner of the vehicle that was carrying ammonium nitrate from El Dorado to Texarkana.
Area fire department personnel were notified about 6:40 AM today that the truck brakes of the commercial carrier truck believed to be driven by McDougal were on fire and the driver was attempting to extinguish the blaze.
The first fire department personnel on the scene had begun to evacuate residents who live in the area and reportedly witnessed McDougal return to the truck when it exploded.
The roadway remains closed as the result of a large hole caused by the explosion that stretches across the highway.
UPDATE: The truck involved was operated by Blann Trucking out of Hampton. The truck was carrying aluminum nitrate. The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management confirms one fatality.
UPDATE: Crews with Ouachita Electric Cooperative have posted aerial video of the scene of today’s explosion.
(3/27/19) Our sources at Camden News say a one mile radius along US 278 near Highway 57 is being evacuated due to a tanker truck fire.
The truck was allegedly carrying ammonia nitrate.
Please use caution and be prepared to detour if traveling in that direction.
We currently have no report on injuries, but there is extensive damage to the sheriff department vehicles and fire trucks that were in the area.
The hope is that the area was completely evacuated.
We will update the article as we receive more information.