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An Ohio man died in an explosion while transferring fuel between hauling trucks at a northern Ohio business.

Thomas Layton, 70, of Sandusky, died Tuesday at a hospital after the 7 a.m. explosion.

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Layton sustained trauma to his upper and middle torso, head and arms, as well as burns.

The incident occurred at Coles Energy in Milan Township, 50 miles west of Cleveland. Milan fire Chief Brian Rospert said it appears the cause was a static charge while fuel vapors were in the air.

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“We were called out about 6:45 this (Tuesday) morning on an explosion and possible structure fire,” Rospert said. “On our way we were informed the fire was out and a man was down. We helped secure the patient.”

Rospert said the driver was transferring fuel from one truck to a second truck and static electricity probably was the cause of the explosion. “He was on top of the truck and the explosion knocked him off to the ground,” he said.

“One worker heard the explosion and came out to help and by the time he was there the fire was out,” Rospert said.

A spokesman for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said its inspectors are investigating the workplace fatality.

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