Driver of semi suffers significant burns in explosion inside rig in Duluth

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: September 3, 2014 - 8:15 AM

DULUTH, Minn. — A semi driver suffered significant burns in an explosion inside his rig in Duluth.

Assistant Fire Chief Erik Simonson says waste oil was being transferred when a pump inside the semi backfired, igniting the collection of vapors Tuesday afternoon. WDIO-TV (http://bit.ly/1r11nst ) says the semi is from Rainy Lake Oil in International Falls.

Simonson says the driver suffered substantial second-degree burns to his upper torso. He was taken to a local hospital. His condition was not released.

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