Second person dies as result of Geismar chemical plant explosion

Second person dies as result of Geismar chemical plant explosion

Second person dies as result of Geismar chemical plant explosion

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Posted on June 14, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 14 at 1:54 PM

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GONZALES, La. -- A second person has died as a result of injuries sustained in the explosion that rocked the Williams Olefins chemical plant in Geismar on Thursday.

Scott Thrower, 47, of St. Amant, died Friday of burns at Baton Rouge General Hospital. He's joins Zachary Green, 29, as the only two people to die in an accident that injured a total of 77 people.

Friday, officials from Williams Olefins expressed their condolences to the family of Green.

They also said they plan to investigate the incident in order to prevent anything like it from happening again.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Green family in this time of great sorrow," said Alan Armstrong, CEO of Williams Olefins.

Zachary Green, 29, died in Thursday's incident.

Officials said they are closely monitoring the status of two Williams Olefins employees and four contracted employees who remain in the hospital.

Officials thanked the first responders and said the extent of the damage to the facility is unknown.

"When something happens like this, it really, honestly, feels like a big failure," Armstrong said.

The fire has been extinguished and the company is cooperating with federal, state and local agencies, officals said.

 

 

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