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UPDATED: Delivery truck explodes in Lynchburg

By Tim Saunders, tsaunders@wdbj7.com
Published On: Jun 20 2013 09:04:20 AM EDT
Updated On: Jun 23 2013 12:30:13 PM EDT
Truck Explosion

Two injured when truck explodes in Lynchburg

LYNCHBURG, Va -

A delivery truck exploded in the parking lot of a Lynchburg convenience store, injuring two people.

The explosion happened Wednesday afternoon in the parking lot of the Quick-E Food Store near the intersection of Lakeside Drive and Monticello Avenue.

A store clerk told WDBJ7 that the truck pulled into the parking lot after someone noticed smoke. As the driver and a passenger went to the rear door, the cargo area exploded. One of the two people was on fire, according to the clerk, when a second explosion occurred. The clerk said she rushed to shut off the store's gas pumps before the flames spread.

Another witness said the two people were trying to extinguish the fire caused by the first explosion when the second explosion occurred.

It is unclear, at this point, how seriously the two people were injured. A Lynchburg fire investigator would say only that two people were transported to a hospital. The investigator did not say what may have caused the explosion. He did note that there was a generator in the back of the truck. The generator could be seen as the burned-out truck was towed from the parking lot.