Plastics plant explosion kills four workers
Based on preliminary reports, Joseph Machalek, 50, of Decatur; Larry Graves, 47, of Decatur; Glenn Lyman, 49, of Cornland; and Linda Hancock, 56, of Decatur died of smoke inhalation, said Sangamon County Coroner Susan Boone. Eight workers were taken to nearby hospitals, where their conditions ranged from fair to critical. Six other employees either declined care or were treated and released.
The plastics plant will be rebuilt, and employees will continue to be paid for an undetermined amount of time, according to company officials.
The company estimates that about 60 percent of the plant's production area was destroyed. Company spokesman Rob Thibault said Formosa Plastics intends to repair and restart the plant but said plant officials had just begun to investigate the damage.