Photo by Donna O'Connor | Robertson County News The second crude oil holding tank burns as crews back away from the sight expecting a third tank to explode.
At roughly noon on Wednesday, July 9 an oil rig operation two miles northeast of Franklin, just outside of New Baden rocked the country side when one oil holding tank exploded, followed by a second. The explosion occurred near the Rabe Cutoff Rd.
One injury has been reported. A 24 year old Hispanic male was standing on top of the oil holding tank when it exploded. According to officials on the scene, the man was blown from the tank sustaining burns well over 75% of his body as well as head trauma.
According to witnesses on the scene, the man was working on the tank with an acetylene torch when the explosion occurred. The sight, which contained a pump was in it’s final days of operation and crews were on hand to take the station offline.