Blast vic­tim died in­stantly, in­quest told

Macclesfield Express - - BOSLEY TRAGEDY -

MILL worker Derek Moore died in­stantly from the ex­plo­sion at Wood Treat­ment Ltd, an in­quest heard.

Derek, 62, from Stoke, was one of four peo­ple killed in the blast in Bosley on July 17.

Coro­ner for Cheshire Ni­cholas Rhein­berg said Mr Moore suf­fered a ‘trau­matic brain stem in­jury and frac­tured cer­vi­cal spine’ re­sult­ing in his “im­me­di­ate death”.

His burned body was dis­cov­ered at the site days af­ter the ex­plo­sion and was iden­ti­fied by den­tal records and fin­ger­prints, it was heard.

As­sis­tant Chief Fire Of­fi­cer Richard Ost spoke at the hear­ing de­scrib­ing the scene of dev­as­ta­tion emer­gency crews faced when they ar­rived and they are still tack­ling fires at the site.

Det Ch Supt Philip Jones, from Cheshire Po­lice, de­scribed res­cue work­ers “tun­nelling into col­lapsed build­ings” as they searched for miss­ing work­ers.

He warned the in­ves­ti­ga­tion to es­tab­lish whether there is any cul­pa­bil­ity un­der crim­i­nal law will be ‘lengthy’.

The in­quest into his death was opened and ad­journed at Mac­cles­field Town Hall on Tues­day, mean­ing his fam­ily can now hold a fu­neral.

●● Derek Moore

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