Fuel-Filled Rail Car Explodes in KS

Monday, December 15, 2014 @ 04:12 PM gHale

A rail car containing fuel exploded inside a building Thursday afternoon leaving nine people injured at the Greenbrier Companies Rail Car Service Facility near Atchison, KS, officials said.

At the time of the blast, there were as many as 17 employees in the building at the time, officials said.

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Two victims went to the University of Kansas Hospital for treatment of burns and other serious injuries. Other victims suffered smoke inhalation and back injuries. The company said its thoughts and prayers were with the injured employees.

The two employees who went to the University of Kansas Hospital had serious burns, cuts and they were undergoing testing for internal injuries.

“So if they do discover that there is a need to go to the operating room, then the trauma surgeon will take them immediately,” said burn unit manager Tracy McDonald. “And then they will be housed on the burn unit and there will be a joint effort between two teams working simultaneously to address all the injuries.”

Doctors said emergency medical crews who responded to the scene did a great job getting the two victims stabilized and to the hospital quickly.

Both men ended up listed in fair condition later on Thursday.

There has been a series of accidents over the past few years involving rail shipments of oil. A string of accidents have followed the high volume of rail shipments. In 2013, a train derailed the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic and killed 47.

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