Tonawanda Coke now reports 2 employees injured in explosion

TONAWANDA, NY-- We have an update from our partners at Investigative Post on the blast at Tonawanda Coke a week ago Friday that rattled the houses and nerves of nearby residents.

Company officials initially claimed that no one was injured in the explosion on River Road in the Town of Tonawanda. Investigative Post subsequently reported at least one employee was injured.

Since that story aired here on 2 On Your Side, company officials continued to deny there were any injuries until last Thursday, when Tonawanda Coke filed a revised version of events with the state Department of Environmental Conservation, which is investigating the incident.

The company now acknowledges that two employees were injured and a third was knocked to the ground by the force of the explosion.

One employee suffered dust inhalation and possible first-degree burns on his face, according to the report filed by Tonawanda Coke. Dust from the explosion covered the face of a second worker and got into his eyes. He was treated at an off-site medical facility, where his shoulder examined after he complained of pain.

Both employees have returned to work, according to Tonawanda Coke.

State and federal agencies are continuing their investigation.


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