WINDTHORST (KFDX/KJTL)— A normally quiet town of fewer than 400 people remains shocked Tuesday night following the explosion of a tanker truck near a gas station.

“I was talking a minute then walked out and set my salads down on the seat and I hear a boom, and I looked up and seen a flash of fire going across the pickup truck and the truck on fire just that quick,” Annette Meurer said.

Muerer was getting lunch when she heard what sounded like an explosion from a tanker truck that was unloading fuel at Joe’s Kwik Stop on U.S. 281.

“I immediately scrounged for my keys and backed up and got out of there and everybody was heading north, the people standing around, everybody was booking it away from the place,” Meurer said.

Sergeant Dan Buesing with the Department of Public Saftey said the driver of the tanker truck did not survive and said if it wasn’t for the fast-acting firefighters from surrounding areas, the situation could have ended a lot worse.

“So the large tanks here, that’s why they were spraying the water because they do have gas and diesel just to try to keep the heat down, so apparently they did a fantastic job,” Buesing said.

And after the fire was extinguished, investigators continued working to find a cause that left the small Texas town rattled.

DPS officials have not yet released the name of the man who died.


UPDATE: Sept. 24, 2019 4:35 p.m.

One man is confirmed dead following tanker fire. His identity has not been released.

Four to five cars have been damaged. No damage to the building has been reported.

UPDATE: Sept. 24, 2019, 4:24 p.m.

One person is dead following a tanker fire in Windthorst according to KFDX Reporter Curtis Jackson.

No names have been released at this time.

Windthorst (KFDX/KJTL) — Texoma’s Homepage has a reporter on scene at a fire and reported explosion located near Joe’s Kwik Stop on U.S. 281.

It appears that a tanker truck caught fire while fueling.

Lanes are closed on for an about a mile around the location.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. DPS officials are on the way to the scene to investigate. 

Stick with Texoma’s Homepage as this story develops.