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Tanker explosion kills two workers at railcar repair facility in US

23 April 2021

An explosion at a railcar repair facility in Wyoming, US killed two people on April 21. The two men were found unresponsive inside a tanker railcar by emergency responders after the incident was reported at around 15:20 local time.

Representative image: Shutterstock
Representative image: Shutterstock

The incident happened at Wasatch Railcar Repair near the town of Shoshoni in central Wyoming. Due to the presence of hazardous gases, a specialised confined quarters team from the Casper Fire Department were called to the scene to help retrieve the bodies of the two men, aged 18 and 28. Their identities have not been confirmed by the local police department.

Shoshoni Police Chief Chris Konija said in a statement that emergency services were called to the site after reports of a loud explosion at Wasatch Railcar Repair and possible injuries. Konija added that the bodies of the men were recovered by the specialised firefighter team.

The cause of the blast remains unknown, and an investigation has been opened by the Shoshoni Police Department in coordination with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Federal Railroad Association (FRA).

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