OSHA is looking into an explosion that killed a truck driver in Seminole, OK.
Authorities say Richard Basque was using a propane torch to thaw a frozen valve on a tanker truck when an explosion threw him 12 feet. He was killed instantly. Other employees at Tiger Tank Trucks suffered minor injuries.
The explosion was felt about two miles away. It blew sheet metal off the trucking company and shattered windows in adjacent buildings.
County Sheriff Shannon Smith told The Oklahoman it’s standard practice for truckers to use a propane torch to heat frozen truck valves.
The tanker was used to haul salt water and crude oil.