Louisiana men killed in tugboat explosion Friday morning in Kentucky

Three dead in Kentucky towboat explosion

Marshall County authorities were notified of an explosion at 9:17 a.m.at the Tennessee River yard, bringing a massive response by police, fire and rescue agencies in the region.

By mid-afternoon Friday, Cash had not released the name of the company that owned the boat or the company that employed the workers.

Two Louisiana men were among those killed when a tugboat exploded Friday morning on the Tennessee River in Kentucky, officials said.

KSP Troopers say the tugboat was being worked on at the time.

The victims' injuries ranged from non-life threatening to life-threatening, officials said.

There were 41 people on the site when the explosion occurred, but not all of them were on the towboat at the time.

According to WSIL in Kentucky, the two have been identified as 41-year-old Quentin J Stuart of Opelousas and 56-year-old Jerome A. Smith of Thibodaux.

He said victims are now being treated for injuries ranging from minor to critical.

The U.S. Coast Guard was also on scene and an OSHA investigator is expected soon.

The investigation is expected to last into the night hours. Six people were transported to hospitals for various injuries.

It was not immediately clear if the boat was docked at the fix facility. The department said crews were responding to the scene at Hollinger Road, which is past the Steel Plant on Shar-Cal Road.

People are asked to avoid the industrial area of town for the foreseeable future as multiple agencies are responding.

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