State Fire Marshal Investigates Small Propane Truck Explosion in Madison County

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NEWMAN GROVE, Neb. -- Officials with the Madison County Sheriff's office and the State Fire Marshal's office are continuing to investigate the cause of a small propane explosion in a truck just north of Newman Grove.

Madison County Sheriff's Deputy Todd Volk said an unidentified male was driving his pickup truck with propane tank in the back on Tuesday. He says the man began to notice a leak when he pulled over to the side of the road.

"It caught on fire. He was able to get out of the vehicle before a large explosion destroyed most of the vehicle," said Volk.

He says the man was taken by Newman Grove Rescue to the Boone County Health Center for treatment of burns. He has since been transported to the St. Elisabeth Medical Center in Lincoln. The man's name hasn't been release.

His sister witnessed the truck fully engulfed by flames from her kitchen across the street from the scene. She was able to help remove him from the flames as her teenage daughter called 911.