ATCHISON, Kan. (AP) — The two people most seriously injured in a railcar explosion in northeast Kansas are improving in a burn unit at a Kansas hospital while the state fire marshal investigates a possible cause.
The men were among at least seven people hurt when the railcar exploded Thursday at GBW Rail Services west of Atchison. A spokesman for the University of Kansas Hospital said early Friday that the men’s condition had been upgraded to fair.
No one was killed when the rail car exploded inside a building at the business, Atchison County Sheriff Jack Laurie said.
GBW official Jack Isselman said the explosion happened in an area where rail car surfaces are prepared for painting. He said 54 people work at the business.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with these employees and their families, and we wish them quick recoveries,” Isselman said.
The Atchison facility repairs and refurbishes railcars. GBW, which is based in Lake Oswego, Oregon, also has repair shops in Topeka and Osawatomie and a wheel-making plant in Kansas City, Kansas.
In Oct. 29, 2011, an explosion at Bartlett Grain in Atchison left three Bartlett employees and three grain inspectors dead and two others with serious injuries.
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