Two taken to hospital after truck explosion

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By Leo Wolfson

Two men were taken by helicopter to a Greeley hospital to be treated for burns after a semi-truck and car explosion in the 7000 block of Weld County Road 21 around 8:15 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18.

Authorities did not release the names of the two men – a 32-year-old and a 71-year-old, according to Weld County Sheriff Public Information Director Francisco Saucedo. A medical helicopter took both victims to Northern Colorado Medical Center to be treated. Both men went from being in stable condition to being in serious condition and are being treated for serious burns at this time according to Francisco Saucedo, public information officer for the Weld County Sheriff's Office.

Butane hash oil extraction evidence exists at the scene, and the Weld County Drug Task Force has been brought into the investigation. Butane hash oil extraction is a marijuana-related production.

Witnesses saw and heard multiple explosions from the vehicles, which were near the Double D Ranch and Equestrian Center. While responders initially thought that fireworks caused the explosion, they later pointed to acetone as the possible cause, according to the incident notification service IPN911

Fort Lupton Fire District responded with four trucks. Platteville/Gilcrest units also were on scene.

Fire district and Weld County Sheriff's Office investigators continue to work on the case.