SHAWNEE, Kan. -- An employee at Rieke Grading was killed after an industrial accident Monday morning.
Nicholas Jerde, 23, of Kansas City, Mo., died when he was using a blow torch to work on a vacuum truck valve. Firefighters say the torch ignited some vapors and caused an explosion.
The accident happened around 9:27 a.m. at 82nd and Hedge Lane in Shawnee, Kan.
Jerde was pronounced dead before firefighters arrived.
No other information was immediately available.