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Two Killed by Explosion at Railcar Facility

Two workers were killed Tuesday afternoon by an explosion at Nebraska Railcar Cleaning Services, hired by GE Capital Rail Services in Omaha.

The body of 40-year-old Dallas Foulk was found on the ground near the railcar died at Creighton University Medical Center. The body of a second worker, Adrian LaPour, 44, who was trapped inside the car, was found at about 7:30 pm, almost six hours after the blast. Concerns about hazardous materials in the car kept firefighters from reaching him sooner.

According to Scott Allen, a spokesman for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which is investigating the incident, a third man was blown off the railcar, but a harness prevented serious injuries.

GE Capital, Rail Services issued this statement:
"We can confirm there was an accident on a track at a rail car repair shop that we operate in Omaha on Tuesday, April 14. We are not in a position to provide details of what caused the incident at this time as an investigative team is on their way to the site to assess the situation. Right now we are focused on the safety of those in the shop and our thoughts and sympathies are with those who were affected by this unfortunate accident."

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