Tanker explodes in Springfield Twp. sending 1 to hospital with serious burns

A worker was taken by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital with severe burns after a tanker exploded Thursday morning at Duncan Oil Company in Springfield Twp.

Springfield Twp. Deputy Fire Chief James Allen said the worker was reportedly on top of the tanker trying to fill it around 6:30 a.m. when it exploded.

The employee has not yet been identified.

After arriving on the scene, Allen said hazmat crews were faced with the difficult job of trying to contain approximately 450 gallons of gasoline that were spilled during the explosion.

“There is damage to the tank. The valves are closed and they can’t be opened back up how we would normal off-load it, so the off-loading process if going a little differently,” Allen said. “However we know that the vapors of gasoline are so explosive they can only use so many non-sparking tools.”

As a result, Allen said crews simply had to wait for the remaining gasoline to “leak out" of the tanker. Because of that, East Leffel Lane at South Burnett Road remained closed for about nine hours until Thursday afternoon.