May 8, 2019 — A lawsuit has been filed by workers who allege that KMCO knew about a flammable chemical leak before a deadly explosion in Texas.
The lawsuit was filed on April 8 against KMCO, LLC by three workers — Aurelio Campos, Jose Flores, and Noe Flores.
On April 2, the three men were working at the KMCO chemical plant in Crosby, Texas, when a check valve on an isobutylene line failed because it was not capable of handling high-pressure isobutylene.
As a result of the valve’s failure, isobutylene — a highly flammable and toxic chemical — vaporized and spread throughout parts of the chemical plant until it eventually exploded and caused a massive fire.
The lawsuit alleges that before the explosion, KMCO personnel knew that there was a leak occurring near the check valve.
However, they did not immediately order an evacuation or sound an alarm until a large amount of isobutylene had leaked and a fire was imminent.
The explosion killed 1 worker and critically injured 2 others, and was contained by teams of firefighters from Crosby and nearby counties.
A shelter-in-place order was issued for schools and homes within a mile of the KMCO chemical facility, but no related injuries were reported.
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