Frit Car workers injured

Published 10:38 am Monday, April 6, 2009

By by Kerry Whipple Bean

Brewton area emergency crews raced to Frit Car Friday afternoon after they received a call that employees had been injured after coming in contact with a chemical at the rail car repair plant.
Four workers were injured in the incident, Brewton Fire Chief Lawrence Weaver said.
Two workers were taken to Pensacola, Fla., hospitals by LifeFlight, and one was transported by ambulance to D.W. McMillan Memorial Hospital, Weaver said.
A fourth worker was treated on the scene, he said.
Weaver did not identify the workers, and their conditions were not known at press time, but he said they appeared to be improving at the scene.
Weaver said the chemical was contained in the rail car, and no other employees nor the public were in danger.
The workers were overcome by fumes from a chemical inside the tank car, Weaver said.
The accident occurred about 2:20 p.m., and by 3:45 p.m., workers were able to leave the plant, and new shift workers were able to enter.
In addition to the Brewton Fire Department, Brewton Police, the Escambia County Sheriff's Department, EMS and Alabama State Troopers responded to the scene.
Weaver said he appreciated the support from all of the emergency personnel.

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