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One Dead, Three Injured In Texas Chemical Blast

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 4:21am

PORT ARTHUR, Texas (AP) — One person is dead and three others are hurt after an explosion and flash fire at a Southeast Texas chemical plant.

The incident happened about 2:15 p.m. Thursday at the KMTEX plant near Port Arthur. A statement issued by Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy Rod Carroll says witnesses report a worker was welding on a pipeline containing coal tar solvent when it exploded.

Carroll said two of the injured workers were airlifted to John Sealy Hospital in Galveston, one with head injuries and another with burns and fractures to lower extremities. Another worker was taken by ambulance to Christus St. Mary's hospital in Port Arthur with a concussion.

No identities or conditions have been released.

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