Six injured in Minnesota truck plant explosion

Blast occurred in paint shop; sheriff says the scene is safe.

January 12, 2017   by CP Staff

DODGE CENTER, Minn. — Authorities say an explosion has injured six people at a truck plant in southeastern Minnesota.

The explosion happened Jan. 11 at McNeilus, a truck manufacturer and major employer in Dodge Center about 70 miles southeast of Minneapolis.

Dodge County Sheriff Scott Rose says the explosion happened in the paint shop. Rose says two people were airlifted to a hospital while two others were taken by ambulance. He says two others were being treated at the scene.

Rose says many employees were off-site at training, so there were fewer injuries.


Investigators remain inside the complex, which has closed production for the day. The sheriff says the scene is safe and the road outside has reopened.

McNeilus is part of Oshkosh Corporation in Wisconsin. An Oshkosh representative did not immediately respond to requests for comments.

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