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Workers suffer serious burns after toxic train explosion

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Three workers involved in the accident are being treated for serious injuries at University Hospital.

We're told one is in "very critical" condition, one is critical, and the third is in serious condition. All three suffered severe burns.

Ambulances transported two injured workers to University Hospital, the other was airlifted around 2:00 Wednesday afternoon.

Officials say the worker in "very critical" condition has burns on 90% of the body.

Emergency management director Doug Hamilton tells us the crew was cleaning up the butadiene tank from the train derailment near West Point when the explosion happened.

He says the crew was using a blow torch and he believes the residual chemicals caught fire. The worker holding the blow torch is one of the three injured.

Hamilton says, "We don't have enough information at this point to understand what they were doing to ignite the fire but quite obviously there are a number of safety issues related to working in what's called a hot area."

A P&L spokesperson says one of their contractors was involved in the accident.

The owner of R.J. Corman Railroad Group says two of his workers were injured. They are in the process of notifying family of the workers involved.

University Hospital is home to the only adult burn unit in the region. 

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