Nine injured in Kansas City rail car repair plant explosion
12 December 2014
Nine people have been injured in an explosion at the Greenbrier Companies Rail Car Service Facility near Atchison, Kansas, on December 11. A spokesman for the company said a rail car containing fuel exploded inside the building. Some 17 out of 54 employees were in the building at the time.
Two victims were hospitalised with serious burn injuries, while the others suffered smoke inhalation and back injuries. The company spokesman said the explosion occurred in an area where rail car surfaces are prepared for painting.
GBW, which is based in Lake Oswego, Oregon, manufactures freight cars and barges for use in North America and Europe.
Atchison is a small city on the Missouri River in north east Kansas. In October 2011, an explosion at Bartlett Grain in the city left six people dead and two others with serious injuries.