Lytton Explosion Victims Identified
November 18, 2015
The three people injured in an explosion at a protein processing plant in Lytton late yesterday Tuesday afternoon have been identified.
Sac County Sheriff Ken McClure says the explosion at Proliant at 101 Main Street in Lytton was reported to Sac County 9-1-1 Center at 5:50 Tuesday.
34-year-old Earl Lee Moore from Milford Center, Ohio was inside a large storage tank, and was going to patch weld a seam in the tank when the explosion occurred. Assisting as a spotter for Moore was 32-year-old Manuel Ruiz of Columbus, Ohio. Both Moore and Ruiz are employees of Heritage Equipment located in Plain City, Ohio.
Proliant employee, 52-year-old Dana Boom of Lake View, was in the room at the time of the explosion, which occurred in the rendering section of the plant.
Moore and Ruiz were transferred to Loring Hospital in Sac City, and then transferred by ambulance to University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. Moore’s injuries were described as life-threatening, and Ruiz’s were severe. Boom was transported to Stewart Memorial Hospital in Lake City, where he was treated and released.
Investigators from the Sac County Sheriff’s Office and the State Fire Marshall’s Office are still on the scene working with Proliant management to try and determine a cause of the explosion.
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