6 people injured in explosion at Minnesota truck plantJanuary 11, 2017 10:30pm

DODGE CENTER, Minn. (AP) — A truck plant explosion in a small southeastern Minnesota town injured six people Wednesday but many more employees could have been hurt, authorities said.

Many employees at McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing Inc. in Dodge Center who would have been in the area of the paint shop explosion were off-site at a training exercise when the blast happened around 10:30 a.m., Dodge County Sheriff Scott Rose said.

Six people were injured, Rose said. Two were flown by medical helicopter to a St. Paul hospital and two were taken by ambulance to a Rochester hospital. Their conditions were not immediately available. Another two were being treated at the scene for minor medical issues, the sheriff said.

McNeilus is part of Oshkosh Corp. in Wisconsin. Oshkosh Corp. spokeswoman Katie Hoxtell said five injured employees were "under medical care." She said she could not give details.

Rose said it's his understanding "it was quite an explosion." All employees have been accounted for, he said.

The complex closed production for the day, and investigators remained inside. Rose said the scene is safe and the road outside the complex has reopened after being closed following the explosion.

The company will work with local authorities on the investigation, Hoxtell said. Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health investigators also will investigate, agency spokesman James Honerman said.

The plant, on a 145-acre campus, makes cement trucks and refuse trucks and is a major employer in Dodge Center, a town of 2,700 about 70 miles southeast of Minneapolis. Employment fluctuates between 1,000 and 1,200, Mayor Bill Ketchum said.

"Anytime you have something like that — big town or small town — it's a tragic thing. It could have been a lot worse than it was," Ketchum said.


This story has been corrected to reflect that four people were taken to hospitals instead of five.

Page 1 of 1

More Stories Like This

FILE - In this Friday, July 17, 2015 file photo, Camel and Newport cigarettes, both Reynolds American brands, are on display at a Smoker Friendly shop in Pittsburgh. British American Tobacco Plc has agreed to fully take over Reynolds American Inc. on terms that are improved from an initial bid made last year. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, file)
Tobacco giant to emerge from $49 billion deal
NJ brewery honors Villanova University's 175th anniversaryThe co-owners of New Jersey's Cape May Brewing Company are honoring the 175th anniversary of their alma mater with a uniquely named commemorative brew
Richard Newman, center, works with fellow traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. Stocks are opening slightly lower on Wall Street, led by declines in banks and health care companies. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Asian stocks directionless, dollar steadies after slide
Planes clip wings on airport tarmac; no injuries reportedAn American Airlines plane has clipped another plane with its wingtip while backing up at New York's LaGuardia Airport
2 BNSF Railway workers killed on tracks in SW South DakotaTwo BNSF Railway employees have been struck and killed by a train near Edgemont in southwestern South Dakota
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator-designate, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
In break with Trump, EPA pick says climate change isn't hoax

Related Searches

Related Searches