Authorities look into Roanoke oil distributor that made delivery before South River Market explosion

Documents show delivery happened less than an hour before explosion

BUENA VISTA, Va. – A Roanoke oil distributor is now involved in the investigation into a Rockbridge County gas station explosion that killed four people and hurt three others. 

According to search warrants filed in Roanoke County, authorities are looking into a gasoline order delivered by Webb's Oil Corp. to South River Market less than an hour before the explosion on May 10. 

Documents show that authorities have requested records on Webb's driver, as well as business, phone and company training documents. The driver has not been charged at this time. 

A search warrant dated May 28 reveals he was in possession of a cell phone that "will aid agents in establishing exact route to and from the delivery site and will assist in establishing a time line of events."

They're also looking into the driver's responsibilities as a result of spill, leak or overflow of hazardous material during the delivery of gasoline on the day of the explosion. They believe these records will help determine if the driver was trained in proper safety protocol should an incident occur during a fuel drop.

State police are also looking into any type of communication records between the market and the fuel distributor such as invoices, schedules and receipts. This information is in a search warrant dated the day after the explosion. 
The truck the driver used is also listed as a item they want to search.

The site of the fire at the South River Market has turned into a memorial for those at the gas station during the explosion. People during that time say this tragic situation has brought the community closer.

The incident remains under investigation. 

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