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Kentucky State Police Investigating Explosion

Date of News Release: 1/22/2018

CALVERT CITY, Ky. (January 19, 2018) – Kentucky State Police Detectives are on the scene of an early morning explosion on the Tennessee River. At 9:17 a.m., Marshall County Dispatch received a call reporting an explosion on a tug-boat docked on Hollinger Road. Calvert City Fire Department, Gilbertsville Fire Department, East Marshall Fire Department, and Palma-Briensburg Fire Department responded, along with Marshall County Rescue Squad, Marshall County Office of Emergency Management, Marshall County Sheriff Office, Calvert City Police Department, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, Marshall County Ambulance, Livingston County Ambulance, Murray-Calloway County Ambulance, Mercy Ambulance, and Air Evac. Shortly thereafter, the Kentucky State Police were requested for investigation.

Preliminary investigation has shown the explosion occurred inside a docked tug-boat which was actively being worked on. Three people were pronounced dead at the scene and an numerous other people were transported by various medical service agencies for injuries received. Those injuries ranged from non-life threatening to life-threatening.

Authorities are in the process of making notification to the families of the deceased. Once notification has been made, their information will be released to the public.

There is no early indication of foul play being involved in the explosion.

U. S. Coast Guard has also been on scene, and an OSHA investigator is expected on scene shortly.

The investigation is expected to last into the night hours and additional updates will be sent out with more specific information related to the incident and subsequent investigation.

The investigation is continuing by Detective Eric Fields. Anyone with information is asked to contact 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.