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Truck Crashes Into Propane Storage Facility, Setting Off Explosions

October 17, 1986

WOODRUFF, Utah (AP) _ A cattle truck crashed into a 20,000-gallon propane tank late Thursday, setting off two explosions and forcing 200 to 300 people to evacuate, officials said.

A 30,000-gallon tank was expected to blow up and news organizations were warned to keep helicopters away, said deputy state public safety commissioner Doug Bodrero.

It was not known why the driver left the road, said Rich County sheriff’s dispatcher Michelle Cockayne. The driver’s death had not been confirmed, she said.

There were no reports of other injuries.

Firefighters called in from surrounding communities were being kept back for fear the second storage tank would blow up, she said.

The propane storage depot, Ralph’s V-1 Propane Service, is just outside this northern Utah town.

The first explosion occurred about 7:50 p.m. and the second about 20 minutes later, said Cockayne.

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