Tire Explosion Critically Injures Man

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Victim in very critical condition.

Victim in very critical condition.

ARNOLD, MO (KMOX) – An employee of an Arnold auto repair shop is in very critical condition, after a truck tire exploded this morning.

Rock Community Fire Protection District Spokesman Ron Harder says the 29-year-old man was changing the commercial truck tire at Best Gateway Auto Repair on Michigan Avenue, when it exploded.

“It threw him several feet backwards. He sustained some very serious blunt trauma to his head and also some shrapnel pieces from the rim, that also exploded, went into his upper chest and torso area.”

Ron Harder says they’re not sure if the man was filling the tire at the time, but mechanics on the scene say the rim may have given way and exploded along with the tire.

The man’s name is not being released at this time.

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