5 Hurt after MI Steel Plant Blast

Thursday, August 3, 2017 @ 04:08 PM gHale

Five people suffered injuries in an explosion at U.S. Steel Corp.’s Great Lakes Works facility in River Rouge, MI, late Monday night, officials said.

The incident occurred at the “80-in mill” on Great Lakes Street near Zug Island, said officials at the River Rouge Fire Department.

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The River Rouge Fire Department got the call at 11:30 p.m. Monday to the U.S. Steel facility near Zug Island for a reported explosion, said River Rouge fire Capt. Marvin Dotson.

The situation was under control with employees already transported to the hospital when firefighters arrived, he said.

Five workers ended up transported to local hospitals for treatment following the incident at the facility’s Hot Strip Mill, according to a statement from U.S. Steel.

Of the injured employees, two remained hospitalized Tuesday, according to the statement. One employee ended up treated and released at the plant’s on-site medical care facility.

Information on the nature of the explosion was not immediately available. 

U.S. Steel will work with United Steelworkers and government agencies while the incident remains under investigation, according to the company statement.

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