- Associated Press - Thursday, April 3, 2014

HOWARD, Wis. (AP) - One person was killed and another seriously injured after a truck exploded Thursday near an industrial park in eastern Wisconsin.

The box-style truck slowed to turn into a driveway in the village of Howard at about 1:25 p.m. Thursday when the load shifted forward and pierced the truck’s compressed natural gas fuel system, causing it to explode, according to the Brown County Sheriff’s Office.

Lt. Kevin Wickman said the male driver died at the scene. A male passenger was thrown from the vehicle and taken to an area hospital with critical injuries.

Some of the nearby businesses were evacuated or employees asked to take cover while rescue crews looked into leaking fuels and removed the injured passenger.

The trailer attached to the truck was blown apart by the force of the explosion, Press-Gazette Media reported.

The truck is owned by Ace Manufacturing Industries Inc., which is located near the explosion.

Kevin Lindner, who lives about a mile from the scene, told Press-Gazette Media he heard a boom while he was watching a baseball game and knew it wasn’t thunder.

“It was loud enough it made my heart shudder,” he said.

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