Three killed in tugboat explosion on the Tennessee River in Kentucky
CALVERT CITY, Ky. —
Officials say a boat or barge exploded on the Tennessee River in Kentucky, killing three and injuring others.
Marshall County Emergency Management Director Curt Curtner says the explosion happened Friday at First Marine Dry Dock Boat and Barge Repair.
According to the KSP, three workers were killed and six people were injured in the explosion and small fire caused as a result of the explosion.
Timothy L. Wright, age 52, of Calvert City, Kentucky, Jerome A. Smith, age 56, of Thibodaux, Louisiana, and Quentin J. Stewart, age 41, of Opelousas, Louisiana, were killed in the explosion.
Those injured include:
- Javier Fuenes, age 21, taken to the hospital with minor injuries
- Wilson Madrid, age 23, taken to the hospital with minor injuries
- James Lang, taken to the hospital with serious injuries
- Tyler Wedington, taken to the hospital with serious injuries
- Jimmy Lang was transported by helicopter to Vanderbilt with serious injuries
- Billy Counts was transported by helicopter to Vanderbilt with serious injuries
The KSP said workers at the site were from First Marine, Four Rivers Marine Coating, Hutco, and Thermal Control. Preliminary investigation by the KSP showed 41 workers present, but not all of them were on the tugboat at the time of the explosion.
The explosion happened at an area owned by First Marine and the Tugboat was owned by Smithland Towing.
Anyone with information should call the Kentucky State Police Post 1 at 270-856-3721 or anonymously at 1-800-222-5555. Citizens may also report tips anonymously through the KSP app. The app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android applications and can be easily downloaded free of charge through Apple and Google Play stores.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.