[cifnmedia] 5th Illiopolis plant worker dies from explosion injuries

  • From: Sean & Kimberly Aaron <cifn@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: CIFN LIST <cifnmedia@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 14 May 2004 18:50:47 -0700 (PDT)

Friday, May 14, 2004 
5th Illiopolis plant worker dies from explosion injuries 

By Associated Press 

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SPRINGFIELD -- A man whose wife was killed in last month's explosion at an 
Illiopolis plastics plant died Thursday from injuries he suffered in the blast.
Randy Hancock, 50, of Decatur died in the burn unit at Memorial Medical Center 
in Springfield, Sangamon County Coroner Susan Boone said.

He was the fifth employee at the Formosa Plastics plant to die from injuries 
suffered in the April 23 explosion, Boone said. An autopsy showed that Hancock 
died from complications related to the severe burns that covered 60 percent of 
his body.

His wife, 56-year-old Linda Hancock, was among the four workers whose bodies 
were recovered from the plant after the explosion, Boone said.

Employees were mixing vinyl chloride and vinyl acetate when the blast happened, 
destroying much of the plant and igniting a fire that burned for more than two 
days.

Illiopolis' 1,000 residents were evacuated immediately after the explosion 
because of the hazardous fumes.

Illiopolis is located about 20 miles east of Springfield.

 


 



Sean A. Aaron (CIFN*1)
Central Illinois Fire Network
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www.geocities.com/central_illinois_firenet


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