GLENVILLE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Fire officials say a tanker truck exploded at Mohawk Asphalt Emulsions Monday afternoon after workers were mixing chemicals for road construction.
“They were offloading a combination of diesel fuel and kerosene mixed with tar into a tanker truck and that’s what caught on fire,” Thomas Corners Fire Department Chief Gregg Petricca said. “I believe they were doing something to a valve on the tank and it created a spark and that’s what started the fire.”
Witnesses say just after 1 p.m. Monday, they heard four loud explosions then saw a plume of smoke filled the sky. Fire crews arrived just minutes after the first call went out and doused the fire with foam.
Police say three workers were injured in the explosion and fire, two of those were severely injured.
All of the workers have been transported to the hospital. The conditions of the workers are not known at this time.
Fire officials say DEC and HAZMAT found that no chemical leaked or spilled.
Chief Petricca said loading the mix of chemicals is an everyday job for employees at the asphalt company.
The incident is under investigation.