Search and rescue efforts continue for one person who is still missing following an explosion at Didion Milling in Cambria Wisconsin that killed two people and injured 11 others. Five of the injured were airlifted to the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison.
Sixteen employees were inside the building when the blast occurred around 11 p.m.on May 31 leveling it. Initially, two of them were listed as missing but search and rescue crews using canines found the body of one of the missing employees late yesterday. Those crews will continue the search of the site until they locate the other missing member of the crew.
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Of the sixteen employees inside the lab building at the time of the explosion, two made it out safely, two were killed, one is still missing and 11 were injured.
Many of the reported injuries are serious. Four of those injured are in the UW hospital’s burn unit, two are in comas, one had both legs amputated.
“It was like a bomb went off, ” a witness told FOX 6 TV. The explosion knocked out the power in the small community about an hour’s drive northeast of Madison. There was a huge sound, and everything went dark, then the sirens started and they didn’t stop all night, one person told the Wisconsin State Journal.
Didion has had safety violations prior to the fatal explosion, according to records the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) website. Inspections noted fall risks twice in 2014, a dust explosion risk in 2013, an amputation incident in 2012 and dust explosion risks twice in 2010.
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