Texas chemical plant leak kills 4 workers

OUSTON, Texas – A hazardous chemical leak from a plant in La Porte, Texas killed 4 of the facility workers and injuring one more, a Reuters report said.

The employees were on a routine maintenance job at DuPont manufacturing company when the chemical, methyl mercaptan, leaked from one of the valves around 4:00 am on Saturday. Four of the workers died inside the facility while one was immediately sent to a hospital for treatment.

The leak was contained two hours later and plant officials said the victims died from direct exposure to the toxic chemical. The cause of the leak is still under investigation.

The plant did not immediately release the name of the victims upon the request of their kin, but said the surviving worker in the hospital is already in stable condition and is expected to recover soon

Methyl mercapatan is used to manufacture agricultural crop-protection products such as insecticides and fungicides. It is also used in odorizing odorless natural gas for safety purposes.

The DuPont management has expressed its sympathy to families of the four victims over the loss of their love ones.

“We are in close touch with them and providing them every measure of support and assistance at this time,” said plant manager Randall Clements adding they are cooperating with local and federal officials who presently conducting an investigation. (Click here to read more)

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