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Man identified in deadly Pymatuning Twp. explosion

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PYMATUNING TOWNSHIP, Pa. - A man killed by a diesel fuel tank explosion on Monday has been identified.

The Mercer County Coroner confirmed that Brian Krauss, 37, of New Castle, died as a result of head and pelvis injuries.

According to the report, Krauss was thrown from an elevated walkway to the ground following the explosion.

The death has been ruled accidental.

Krauss was killed while working on a tank at Brownies Oil Company in the Reynolds Industrial Park.

The tank, which held 10,000 gallons of off-road diesel fuel, caught fire and exploded.  

Witnesses say the tank flew into the air, across Crestview Drive, barely missing a house.

"I looked out the front window and all I saw was the black smoke. I didn't realize that was in my yard at that time," says Mary Kress, pointing to the 10,000 gallon fuel tank in her yard.

"I called 911 and went flying out there because she was saying what's going on, and I stopped dead when I saw the tank sitting there because that's like 30 feet from my kitchen," says Kress.

Crews were called to the business, which is a division of Reed Oil Company, at 5:30 p.m.

"When your called out you just have all kinds of bad ideas of what could have happened," says Baugher. "Just glad it wasn't as bad as it could have been, but it was bad enough."


The Department of Environmental Protection worked with the company to clean up after the explosion.

The cause of the explosion is still being investigated.

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