Worker hurt in rupture at Valero refinery dies

Worker hurt in rupture at Valero refinery dies


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Officials say one refinery worker has died after being exposed to a hazardous substance at a Valero refinery in Memphis.

Martha Deacon, a spokeswoman for the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, says 1 of 2 workers who were injured in Monday morning's hazmat incident at the southeast Memphis plant has died.

Memphis Fire Department spokesman Wayne Cooke says the workers were exposed to a mixture of propane and hydrofluoric acid when a sight glass on a pump unit ruptured.

Cooke said two firefighters also were exposed to the substance.

One worker was transported to a hospital in critical condition, but it was not immediately if that's the worker who later died. The other worker and the firefighters were taken to a hospital in non-critical condition.

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