MULHALL, Okla. – One person was killed and another person was injured when a tanker truck exploded along a busy highway.
Around 10 a.m. on Friday, emergency crews were called to the northbound lanes of I-35 near Mulhall.
Troopers who responded say a semi truck was disabled and stopped on the shoulder and the outside lane of the highway.
The tanker truck struck the semi on the rear driver’s side and continued rolling down the highway, catching fire and causing the cargo tank to explode.
The driver of that semi, Dwight Handley, Jr. died from his injuries.
The driver of the stopped semi was not injured.
When the trucks collided, a Good Samaritan pulled over to help the drivers.
That Good Samaritan has been identified as Jason Newby, a pastor of the Evangelical Free Church in Eaton Colorado.
As Newby was attempting to help one of the drivers, a truck exploded.
According to witnesses at the scene, the driver of the tanker truck was killed.
Newby suffered serious injuries to his leg, neck and head during the explosion.
According to members of Newby’s church, he has a broken femur and a large gash.
They say another motorist stopped and created a tourniquet to stop the bleeding, which likely saved his life.
He was rushed into emergency surgery, but his condition is unknown at this point.
The northbound lanes of I-35 were shut down between Mulhall and Guthrie while crews cleared the scene.