Four Injured After Explosion at Metal Plant in Alloy,WV
Authorities reported to a metal plant in Fayette County after an explosion at the metal plant left four people injured. The explosion happened around noon, at the WVA Manufacturing, LLC facility on Route 60, formerly the Elkem Metals Plant. Fayette County EMS reported that four people have suffered injuries. Two people were taken to Charleston Area Medical Center and a third was being treated at a hospital in Montgomery. The fourth person was transported by helicopter to Cabell Huntington Hospital for treatment of first and second degree burns to the face, throat and arms. The extent of the other victims’ injuries are not known, but officials said all are expected to recover.
According to Chief Myers with the Boomer Volunteer Fire Department, the injured, were workers at the plant who were reportedly digging a hole to put in a fence post, when the struck a power line leading to multiple transformers. When the line was struck, it caused a flash fire causing a transformer to blow, Myers said. About two hours later, operations at the plant resumed. The incident is under investigation.
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