Body of worker trapped af­ter gas sta­tion blast lo­cated

The Mercury (Pottstown, PA) - - OBITUARIES -

BEN­SALEM, PA. » Of­fi­cials say the body of a man trapped un­der­ground by a gas sta­tion ex­plo­sion in Penn­syl­va­nia has been lo­cated, but ef­forts to re­cover the body con­tinue.

Ben­salem Pub­lic Safety Direc­tor Fred Har­ran says 2 feet of de­bris is ham­per­ing re­cov­ery of the body near one of the sta­tion’s three 8,000-gal­lon (30,000-liter) ga­so­line tanks.

Har­ran said work­ers were try­ing to re­move wa­ter from the vault sur­round­ing the ga­so­line tank at the Lib­erty Gas sta­tion when the blast oc­curred around 5 p.m. Tues­day, trap­ping the vic­tim.

An­other man rushed to a hospi­tal was re­ported in crit­i­cal but sta­ble con­di­tion Wed­nes­day.

Res­cue work­ers were sent down im­me­di­ately but were quickly with­drawn be­cause high gas lev­els and de­bris un­der­ground made con­di­tions too haz­ardous.

The cause of the blast re­mains un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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