Stillwater residents evacuated for fuel spill near substation

Stillwater evacuation fuel spill substation

STILLWATER, Okla. – Stillwater residents were forced to evacuate Sunday after a fuel tanker truck overturned near a power substation.

Officials said the truck driver was traveling along Perkins, near McElroy, when he suddenly swerved to avoid a disabled vehicle.

The truck rolled over an embankment and then tumbled over a retaining wall.

It landed just four feet from from an OG&E substation.

It started leaking which raised concerns.

Stillwater Public Safety Director, Norman McNickle, said, “We have thousands of volts of electricity here close by to very flammable liquid.”

He said diesel fuel was spilling and it is not as explosive as gasoline.

However, as a precaution, authorities set up an evacuation zone while crews cleaned up the spill.

No one was seriously injured.