NEW INFORMATION: Sheriff says Minn. plant explosion could have been worse

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DODGE CENTER, Minn. (AP) -- A sheriff says a truck plant explosion that hurt several people in southeastern Minnesota could have been much worse.

Dodge County Sheriff Scott Rose told reporters that many employees at McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing in Dodge Center who would have been in the area of the paint shop explosion were off-site at a training exercise Wednesday.

Rose says six people were injured. He says two were airlifted to Regions Hospital in St. Paul while two were taken by ambulance to Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester. Their conditions were not available. Another two were being treated at the scene.

The sheriff says it's his understanding "it was quite an explosion." He says all employees have been accounted for.

According to the McNeilus website, the plant has a 145-acre campus with 15.5 acres under a roof.

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

The explosion happened Wednesday morning 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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