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Blast in Tracy injures 2

August 6, 2012
Marshall Independent

TRACY - Authorities say two people were injured in an explosion reported at a Tracy grain elevator on Monday afternoon.

The cause of the explosion is under investigation.

The explosion was reported at the CHS Inc. elevator, located on South 4th Street in Tracy, about 1:40 p.m., said Tracy Police Chief Jason Lichty.

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Emergency personnel responded to the CHS elevator on South 4th Street in Tracy on Monday after an explosion at 1:40 p.m.

Emergency responders including Tracy Fire and Ambulance, Tracy Police and the Lyon County Sheriff's Department responded to the scene. Tracy Fire Chief Dale Johnson III said the explosion happened in a leg of the elevator.

"The fire was quickly extinguished, and an investigation of the explosion is still in progress," Johnson said.

Lichty said two adult males were taken to Sanford Tracy Medical Center with burns. Their names were not released. Lani Jordan, director of communications for CHS, told the Independent one of the victims is a CHS employee. The other is a truck driver and is not an employee of the company. They were transported from Tracy to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis for evaluation and treatment.

Todd Reif, general manager of CHS in Marshall, said Monday the office would be getting updates on the two victims' condition and that the investigation will continue today.

Jordan said there was no immediate risk to residents of Tracy.

"This is an incident that occurred very quickly and was over very quickly," Jordan said. "We're very appreciative to all the employees who are very well-trained to handle things like this, as well as to all the responders around the area and their focus on the two individuals who were hurt."

Area emergency responders including the Balaton Fire Department, the Garvin Fire Department and First Responders and the Walnut Grove Fire Department were also assisting at the scene Monday.

Several bystanders in Tracy said they heard a loud bang or boom come from the elevator, up to a distance of a couple blocks away.



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