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Authorities identify victims in Howard truck explosion


HOWARD, WI (WTAQ) - Authorities are releasing more information about the fatal truck explosion in the Village of Howard Thursday.

The Brown County Communication center began receiving calls about a large explosion in the 2200 block of Pamperin Road around 1:25 p.m.

Sheriff's officials say a box-style truck was slowing to make a turn into a parking lot of Ace Manufacturing Inc. when its load shifted, potentially compromising the truck's compressed natural gas fuel system. That fuel system detonated.

The driver of the truck, 59-year-old Gerald A. Throw Sr. of Sobieski, was killed in the blast. A passenger in the truck, 29-year-old Jose M. Perez of Green Bay, was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The truck itself is owned by McCoy Nationalease Inc. and was leased to Ace Manufacturing.

In a statement, the sheriff's department says the accident is still under investigation.