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Man dies after being overcome by ethanol vapors inside railroad tanker

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Updated: 8/03/2014 9:55 am
NORTH LAS VEGAS (KSNV -- A man was overcome by highly volatile ethanol vapors and died while working inside a rail car tanker early Saturday.

The CNorth Las Vegas Fire Department responded to 5095 El Campo Grande Ave. at 1 a.m. Saturday for a reported person down in a rail car tanker.

Upon arrival at 1:08 a.m., crews found a tanker car on a railroad track with the top hatch of the car open.

The witnesses stated that their co-worker lost consciousness inside the tanker and was not able to climb out. Firefighter crews assessed the tanker and found the atmosphere inside the empty tanker, which had highly volatile ethanol vapors, to be extremely unsafe.

The area was secured and a number of resources throughout the community were dispatched to help mitigate the event and recover the body of the worker.

Because of the extent of work needed to clear the tanker of the hazardous vapors, firefighters remained on scene until 11 am, when the scene was turned over to the Clark County coroner's office.

The incident is under investigation by OSHA.



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