More Than a Dozen Injured When Truck Explodes

8-11-05 - A tractor-trailer heading to Oklahoma with more than 35-thousand pounds of explosives overturns and catches fire in Utah, setting off the explosives and blowing a huge hole in the road.

Tuesday's explosion in Spanish Fork Canyon left a crater in the highway that was about 70 feet wide and 30 feet deep. The explosion also destroyed part of the adjacent railroad tracks and some fiber optic telephone lines buried along the road.

The truck's driver and a passenger managed to escape from the vehicle before it exploded. Both men were from Idaho.

The Missouri-based rig had just left a commercial explosives maker in Utah when the accident happened.