Explosion reported at Elk City trucking business

Oklahoman Modified: August 11, 2012 at 11:54 am •  Published: August 11, 2012

ELK CITY, Okla. (AP) — Thick black smoke billowed from an Elk City trucking company Saturday following an explosion that officials said injured at least two people.

The Elk City fire department said it was not immediately known how severe the injuries were as a result of the explosion at Hodges Trucking Company, LLC.

Beckham County emergency management officials did not immediately return phone calls for comment on the blast.

Hodges Trucking is an affiliate of Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy, according to the company's website, which said it provides trucking, cranes and maintenance services for the oil field industry.

A Chesapeake spokesman told The Associated Press that the company was gathering information on the blast late Saturday morning.

Larissa Graham, a reporter with The Elk City Daily News, said the explosion could be felt at the newspaper office, about three miles from the site of the explosion.

Roads were closed within about a one mile radius of the company.

An Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman said she was aware of the explosion but state assistance had not been requested.

Elk City is about 120 miles west of Oklahoma City, about 40 miles east of the Texas state line.


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