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Four People Hospitalized Following Explosion in Dodge Center

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Dodge Center, MN (KROC-AM News) – The McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing plant in Dodge Center was rocked by an explosion this morning.

Dodge County Sheriff Scott Rose says the blast occurred shortly before 10:30 a.m. in the vicinity of one of the large paint booths in the plant, which mainly produces garbage and cement trucks that are sold throughout the world.

The sheriff says there were multiple injuries from the explosion and two of the victims had severe burns and were airlifted to the burn unit at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. Two other people were transported by ambulance to St. Mary’s Hospital with what Sheriff Rose described as serious, but non-life-threatening injuries, while another two people were treated at the scene for minor injuries connected to the explosion. The names of the injured workers have not been released.

Rose says the cause of the explosion remains under investigation. He says it caused significant damage inside the plant and it’s fortunate there were not many more injuries, noting that a group of people who normally work in the paint booth area were off-site for a training session.

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