Car explosion injures 2
By Tyler Thompson
Carroll County News
GREEN FOREST -- Two Green Forest men were airlifted to a Springfield, Mo. burn center on Friday afternoon after the car they were working on blew up.
Jake Foltz and Arther Snyder were modifying a car at 310 Sneed St. on Friday for a demolition derby when the explosion occurred at about 1:50 p.m.
"They were using some sort of a side grinder and they were doing some cutting and unfortunately, something catastrophic happened which resulted in the fuel cell exploding," Police Chief John Bailey said on Friday. "We've got two injured male subjects approximately in their early 20s."
Neighbors that were home heard the noise and went outside to see what had happened.
"We heard a loud noise ... like a chemical explosion," said neighbor Linda Wheeler.
According to Wheeler, it took about 10 minutes before police and paramedics arrived on the scene.
She said that one of the men was underneath the car at the time of the explosion.
Bailey said that the main concern is the well-being of the men.
"Right now our primary focus is that they get all of the medical assistance that we can provide," he said.
The chief said that he and another officer were on a call on N. Arch Street when the explosion happened.
"We were just about five or six blocks to the east ... wrapping up with that, when all of a sudden we heard a huge explosion and it kind of jarred the people where we were at," he said. "It was a few moments later that we started to get dispatch calls."
Bailey said a neighbor tried to put out the fire with water.
"He feared that there was still some fire in the reservoir in the fuel cell," Bailey said. "Sgt. Riggs made it up to the car with a fire extinguisher and put out what was left."
Bailey said that it wasn't a huge fire.
He added that Foltz remains in serious condition, but Snyder was to be released over the weekend.