Worker dies after toxic vapors detected

NORTH LAS VEGAS-- A man is dead following a workplace accident early Saturday morning.

Around 1 a.m., the North Las Vegas Fire Department responded to a railroad track in the 5000 block of El Campo Grande near I-15 and Lamb. They found a tanker car with the top hatch open. Witnesses told them their co-worker had lost consciousness inside the tanker and could not climb out.

Firefighters then found atmosphere inside the tanker contained highly volatile ethanol vapors. Multiple teams secured the area to make sure it was safe for fire crews to work.

Crews were able to clear the tanker of the hazardous vapors and remove the man's body. He has not yet been identified.

OSHA is investigating the incident.  


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