Germany's news in English

Editions:  Austria · Denmark · France · Germany · Italy · Norway · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland

Chemical blast claims second victim

Share this article

Chemical blast claims second victim
Photo: DPA
08:23 CEST+02:00
An explosion at a German chemical plant claimed a second victim Monday when an employee succumbed to his injuries, operators of the industrial park and police said.

"We deeply regret to say that after the fire at the chemical park in the CDT plant in Marl on March 31, 2012, a second staff member has died," Infracor Chemistry Services said in a statement.

"He had been flown out to a special clinic with severe burns." Police said he was a 31-year-old man.

The explosion of a tank Saturday at the plant in the western town of Marl sent black smoke billowing overhead, and residents were warned to stay indoors with their windows and doors closed. It took 15 hours to extinguish the fire.

One 45-year-old employee was killed immediately and the injured man was evacuated. Officials had said Saturday his life was no longer in danger.

A third person suffered only slight injuries and was quickly discharged.

CDT or cyclododecatriene, the substance contained in the tank that blew up, is used in the production of plastic parts in the auto industry, as well as in cosmetics and electronics.

It was still not immediately clear what had caused the blast. Marl, a town of 87,000 in the Ruhr industrial heartland, some 40 kilometres (25 miles) from Dortmund, is a key chemical industry centre.

AFP/bk

 
Get notified about breaking news on The Local

Share this article

The Local is not responsible for content posted by users.
Become a Member or sign-in to leave a comment.

From our sponsors

Get a month's worth of your favourite newspapers and magazines - for free

Readly - the 'Spotify of magazines' - is offering readers of The Local a free month's worth of unlimited all-you-can-read magazines. All you need to do is answer one quick question.