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Contract employee dies at Wood River Refinery, another injured in morning accident

One person is dead and another injured after an accident this morning at the Wood River Refinery. The deceased has been identified by the Madison County Coroner’s Office as 47-year-old Chad L. Crabtree of Owensboro, Kentucky. He was on the job site as the project manager.

According to information from a refinery spokesperson, the accident happened at around 10:45 a.m. [Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022]. Spokesperson Melissa Erker told The Big Z that a crane overturned inside the refinery.

She said that the safety of their people, the community and the environment are of utmost importance to the company, and these priorities will guide their efforts as they investigate the cause of the incident. Erker expressed deepest sympathies to the family of the deceased individual. She further said that the refinery continues to operate.

For the complete story as reported by Big Z Media’s Doug Jenkins at WBGZ Radio, click here.

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