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EMPIRE, La. -- Two employees were injured at the Daybrook Fisheries plant Monday evening, according to the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office.

Shortly before 6 p.m., two workers were performing maintenance on a fish counter-sorter when they became trapped in the machine.

After 30 minutes, one of the workers was freed and taken to University Hospital in New Orleans with a severe injury to his right leg.

Around 8:45 p.m., the second employee was freed from the machine. He sustained severe injuries to both legs and was air-lifted to a hospital.

The two men injured were identified as Manuel Hernandez, 28, of Harvey, and Raymond Carrasgquillo, 30, of Terrytown.

Both victims remain hospitalized in the Interim LSU Hospital's Intensive Care Unit in New Orleans in stable condition. Hernandez's right leg was injured, and Carrasgquillo was the employee who was trapped in the machine.

The cause of the accident is unknown and is under investigation.

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