One person dead after tanker carrying hazardous material explodes on Arkansas highway

Posted at 10:52 AM, Mar 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-27 11:53:07-04

CAMDEN, Ark. — A tanker carrying Ammonium Nitrate was traveling on Highway 278 when it exploded earlier this morning.

Our sister NBC station in Arkansas KARK reported one person died in the hazardous truck explosion.

According to Arkansas Department of Transportation, both Highway 57 and Highway 24 had to be closed due to the tanker explosion because it left a 15-foot crater in the roadway.

The truck was carrying ammonium nitrate, according to the Arkansas DOT.

Arkansas DOT said the explosion left about a 15-foot deep crater.

KARK said the explosion was felt 60 miles away and 200-300 yards of a forest caught fire.

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