Explosion at CRU Railcar Services Near Elmendorf, Texas, Claims Second Worker’s Life
Last week’s deadly tanker explosion at a railcar cleaning facility near Elmendorf, Texas, has claimed the life of another worker.
CRU Railcar Services Crew Was Cleaning Tanker Prior to Explosion
The May 10th explosion at the Alamo Junction Rail Park in south Bexar County erupted shortly before 1:00 p.m., as a crew from CRU Railcar Services was working to remove residual crude oil from the interior of the tanker.
The 42-year-old worker survived the blast, but was airlifted to San Antonio Military Medical Center with critical injuries that included severe burns and an impalement. A second helicopter later flew the victim to Brook Army Medical Center, where he remained on life support for days.
Deceased Worker Sustained Burns to Most of His Body
The San Antonio man apparently died late Monday night, surrounded by more than 70 loved ones who travelled from Houston, Dallas, and Mexico to be at his side and support his family.
“He coded at the scene when it happened. 60 to 80 percent of his body burned,” his wife later told KENS5-CBS. “We knew what the outcome was going to be, so we wanted everyone to come and say goodbye.”
In addition to his wife, the deceased left behind a 10-year-old son.
CRU Railcar Services Worker Trapped in Burning Tank
His death was the second connected to the CRU Railcar Services explosion.
Last Friday afternoon, rescue crews recovered the body of a 39-year-old worker who became trapped in the burning tank.
“The police called me and they say something exploded,” his mother told News4SA shortly after arriving at the accident scene. “I came and they aren’t letting me see my son. I know nothing about what happened or how they are.”
Four workers suffered minor burns and other injuries in the blast. They have since left the hospital.
It’s still not clear what caused the CRU Railcar Services explosion. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched an investigation into the incident.
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