One man is dead, another trapped inside a rail car after an industrial accident in Omaha.
The Omaha Fire Department reports an explosion Tuesday afternoon at GE Rail blew one worker off the top of a tanker car. The second man was trapped inside the tanker after the explosion blew the ladder off the car.
The two appeared to have completed cleaning the inside of the tanker car when the explosion occurred. The cause of the explosion is not known at this time, according to the fire department.
A rescue of the man trapped inside the tanker will be attempted once an assessment of the hazardous material around the accident is completed.
The two men worked at a repair shop operated by GE Rail, called Nebraska Railcar Cleaning Services.
GE Rail issued a written statement:
“Right now we are focused on the safety of those in the shop and our thoughts and sympathies are with those who were affected by this unfortunate accident.”
Thirty firefighters responded to an emergency call. In addition to the Omaha Fire Department, the Omaha Police Department, BNSF, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration arrived at the scene.