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Dec 12, 2014

06:03:59 GMT--Explosion - North-America - USA



EDIS Number: EX-20141212-46297-USA

Date / time: 12/12/2014 06:02:18 [UTC]

Event: Explosion

Area: North-America

Country: USA

State/County: State of Kansas

Location: Atchison [GBW Railcar Services]

Number of Deads: N/A

Number of Injured: 7 person(s)

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: Moderate



Description:



An explosion rocked a rail service company near Atchison, and seven employees were injured. Two men were transported to the University of Kansas Hospital for treatment while a third person was taken to a hospital in Atchison. The two men are being treated at KU Hospital's burn unit. The other injured were evaluated by medical personnel. Hospital officials at the hospital in KCK said the men are in serious condition after arriving at the hospital about 4 p.m. Thursday. The explosion was reported about 2 p.m. Thursday at GBW Railcar Services, which is located near U.S. 59 and 258th Street. The Atchison County Sheriff's Office said that altogether the employees were injured when the railcar erupted into flames. The sheriff's office said the railcar contained fuel, possibly gasoline. As many as 17 employees were inside at the time, and all have been accounted for. A company official said seven were injured. Those injured suffered smoke inhalation, burns and a back injury, the sheriff's office said. GBW helps companies transport crude oil in rail cars. The area where railcars are painted is where the explosion occurred. The Atchison facility refurbishes and repairs freight railcars. "Our thoughts and prayers are with (the employees) and their families and we wish them quick recoveries," GBW officials said in a statement. The plant, which employees 54 workers, is closed while the investigation proceeds. The Kansas State Fire Marshal's Office is conducting the investigation. In the past five years, federal regulators visited the plant twice for planned inspections and once in response to a complaint. That complaint led to a fine for respiratory and ventilation problems.




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