A vehicle fire closed both directions of State Highway 51 in Kingfisher County on Saturday night.
According to an Oklahoma Highway Patrol report, the roadway was closed from 10:30 p.m. to 11:35 p.m.
OHP Trooper John Weimer said Charles Grimes, of Hennessey, was driving a 2001 Dodge pickup on Highway 51, one mile west of State Highway 132, when he and his passengers heard a noise.
Weimer said Grimes saw some fire underneath the engine and pulled the vehicle to the side of the road.
The pickup was quickly engulfed by the fire, he said.
“The main thing was they had 60 gallons of gasoline in the tank in the back of the truck, so the problem was that was getting ready to blow up and it was shooting a flame, like a torch, out into the highway,” Weimer said. “So we had to shut the highway down.”
Hennessey Fire Department responded to the fire but had to wait until the tank “blew” to fight the fire.
There were no injuries as a result of the incident.
Weimer said the highway was closed to protect drivers from the fire and to keep firefighters from being hit by vehicles.
After the highway was re-opened, a juvenile driver was ticketed near the scene.
Weimer said the highway had just been re-opened and the juvenile did not proceed slowly, as directed, and almost hit Weimer and another officer.
“Everybody jumped out of the way,” he said.
The 17-year-old driver did not have a driver’s license.