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400 Mourn Worker Killed in Toxic Leak

January 09, 1986|Associated Press

VIAN, Okla. — More than 400 people jammed a high school auditorium Wednesday for the funeral of a uranium processing plant employee killed when a shipping container ruptured and spewed toxic gas into the air.

James Neil Harrison, 26, of Vian died in the Saturday accident at a plant operated by the Sequoyah Fuels Corp., a subsidiary of Kerr-McGee Corp. More than 100 persons were treated at hospitals after the accident. Harrison was on a platform above a cylinder that had been overfilled, and he could not escape the toxic fumes, investigators said.

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