Modelo Brewery Incident Leaves 7 Dead

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 @ 06:04 PM gHale

Mexico’s largest brewer, Grupo Modelo, is working with the government to investigate the cause of an accident at its Mexico City plant that left seven workers dead.

The deaths occurred Sunday in “a confined area of a tank in which cleaning and maintenance work was being done,” said Jennifer Shelley, a Modelo spokeswoman.

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Officials from the Labor Ministry, federal district attorney’s office and the federal civil protection agency are investigating the accident along with representatives from Mexico City, Shelley said. The city’s attorney general’s office is part of the probe, according to the agency’s press office.

Four of the dead were maintenance contractors and the other three were Modelo employees who some said may have gone into the tank in a rescue attempt. The newspaper Milenio reported the deaths were due to unspecified toxins.

The Modelo brewery, its employees and the surrounding neighborhood weren’t at any risk, and the incident should not affect production, Shelley said.

Modelo is the maker of brands including Corona beer.

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