Archive for Thursday, February 2, 2012

Grain elevator explodes; 1 injured

February 2, 2012, 12:22 p.m. Updated February 2, 2012, 2:53 p.m.

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— Federal inspectors have arrived at the scene of a central Kansas grain elevator explosion that injured one worker.

The explosion was reported early Thursday at the Cairo Coop in Arlington, about 15 miles southwest of Hutchinson.

Reno County Sheriff Randy Henderson said one employee was taken to a Wichita hospital with burns. The Hutchinson News reports that the worker was seriously injured, and that investigators from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have arrived at the scene.

Bill Guy, Reno County emergency management director, said the injured employee was at the base of the elevator when the explosion occurred. He said another employee at the elevator wasn't hurt.

He said the cause is under investigation.

Fire crews were also assessing the explosion site.

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