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The remains of a propane truck are seen Nov. 23, 2008, near Highway 71 in Olivia after the truck exploded, killing the driver. The State Patrol said the tractor trailer apparently rolled over as it turned from U.S. Highway 212 to go north on U.S. Highway 71. The truck then caught fire and exploded. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

Witness to fatal explosion was left wondering

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OLIVIA -- A waitress saw it first, and when Paul Ager looked out the window of his Chatterbox Cafe and Truck Stop in Olivia all he could see was heavy, black smoke and flames.

He hopped into his vehicle and drove toward the intersection of U.S. Highway 212 and Minnesota Highway 71 on the west side of town, convinced that a building must be in flames. Instead, it was an International truck and the propane tanker it had been pulling.

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