THERMO, Texas (AP) – Six workers at an idle coal mine in East Texas have suffered burns from falling debris amid preparations to resume operations this fall.
Owner Luminant says five employees were in stable condition Thursday at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.READ MORE: Fight Between Brothers Ends With 1 Shot, Critically Injured And 1 Arrested In Alvarado Friday Night
The sixth worker injured in Wednesday’s accident in Thermo, 80 miles northeast of Dallas, was treated and released from a hospital in Sulphur Springs.
Hopkins County Fire Department Chief Kevin Yates says hot ash and burning embers fell on the workers.
Luminant says the unit has been inactive for months. The employees were near an out-of-service lignite storage silo where they unexpectedly came in contact with “hot debris.” The workers sustained hand and leg burns.READ MORE: 'I'm Afraid We're Going To See A Surge Of Violence' Says Texas Criminologist Following Recent Mass Shootings
The accident has been reported to federal safety officials.
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