Fatal explosion near Independence Township

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Firefighters are closing down parts of Highway 53 and Voyageur Highway 33 near the Independence Township due to a fire caused by an explosion.

According to Minnesota State Patrol, a tractor trailer hauling tanker was driving northbound on Voyageur Highway 33. At the junction with Highway-53, the driver was unable to negotiate the curve. The vehicle left the roadway, overturned, and caught fire.

The accident was fatal. The driver, 31, was a man from Grand Rapids, MN.

No other injuries were reported. St. Louis County Sheriff, St. Louis County Rescue Squad, Alborn Fire, 148th Air Guard Fire, Grand Lake Fire, Canosia Fire, Hermantown Fire Department, and Cloquet Area Fire District all assisted at the scene.

WDIO News will keep you updated as this story develops.