2 dead, 1 worker miss­ing af­ter ex­plo­sion at corn mill

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MADI­SON | Re­cov­ery crews searched a moun­tain of de­bris for a worker on Thurs­day fol­low­ing an ex­plo­sion at a corn mill plant that killed at least two em­ploy­ees, in­jured about a dozen oth­ers and lev­eled parts of the sprawl­ing fa­cil­ity in south­ern Wisconsin, author­i­ties said.

Six­teen em­ploy­ees were work­ing when the blast was re­ported around 11 p.m. Wed­nes­day at the Did­ion Milling Plant in Cam­bria, a small com­mu­nity about 45 miles north­east of Madi­son, Columbia County Sher­iff Den­nis Richards said Thurs­day.

There was no im­me­di­ate word on what caused the blast at the plant, which was cited in Jan­uary 2011 for ex­pos­ing work­ers to dust ex­plo­sion haz­ards, ac­cord­ing to records from the Oc­cu­pa­tional Safety and Health Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

The records state that plant fil­ters lacked an ex­plo­sion pro­tec­tive sys­tem.

The agency or­dered the mill to cor­rect the prob­lem by April 2011.

The records show Did­ion paid a $3,465 fine and the case was closed in Septem­ber 2013. OSHA hasn’t cited the plant for any­thing since, the records show.

The plant pro­cesses corn for ethanol and other uses.

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