10 Hurt after Gas Leak at TX Plant

Monday, June 1, 2015 @ 05:06 PM gHale

Ten construction workers ended up rushed to area hospitals after a Thursday afternoon gas leak at a Hutchinson County, TX, plant, police said.

The anhydrous ammonia leak occurred about 4:15 p.m. at the Agrium plant at 9201 Farm-to-Market Road 1551 in Borger, TX, said Borger Police Department Lt. Brandon Strope said.

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Thirteen workers were victims of the leak, 10 of whom ended up transported to Golden Plains Community Hospital in Borger. From there, two patients then airlifted to a hospital in Amarillo, where they were in stable condition Thursday night, Agrium General Manager Gill Craig said.

Craig was unsure of the conditions of the eight patients who stayed at Golden Plains.

“Our heart and prayers go out to these workers and their families,” he said.

The leak occurred at the Urea Unit at the north end of the plant, which was in the process of resuming operations Thursday after several days of repairs. The unit ended up evacuated, Craig said.

The company will close the unit as authorities investigate the cause of the in incident.

EMS crews from Borger, Stinnett, Fritch, White Deer, Pampa and Panhandle responded to assist Borger firefighters.

The leak did not pose a safety concern for surrounding communities, Strope said. FM 1551 temporarily closed for all nonessential traffic.