Oil worker injured in explosion on Highway 59

(Campbell County Fire Department)

An oil field worker was hospitalized yesterday after a pumphouse near mile marker 106 on S. Highway 59 reportedly exploded, authorities said Monday.

Sheriff’s deputies and Campbell County firefighters reportedly responded to the scene at 8:51 a.m. Oct. 31 after receiving multiple 9-1-1 calls from residents who all reported seeing an oil location on fire, according to Campbell County Undersheriff Quentin Reynolds.

A pumphouse and two empty 400-barrel oil tanks were burning when emergency personnel arrived on the scene, according to a release from the Campbell County Fire Department (CCFD).

Deputies assisted fire personnel with traffic control, shutting down both lanes of travel on Highway 59 for 20 minutes while the blaze was brought under control, per Reynolds.

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The oil worker, a 34-year-old male, was the only person who had been on scene at the time of the incident and was transported to Campbell County Health (CCH) for treatment, CCFD says.

He was treated for his injuries and released, according to Dane Joslyn, CCH community relations specialist.

The cause of the explosion remains under investigation.