Auburn, IN Industrial Accident, Jun 1988

INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT CLAIMS FOUR LIVES.

Auburn, Ind. (AP) - Four people died today in an industrial accident at a northeast Indiana plating company.
A spokesman at Bastian Plating Co. said the accident occurred about 5 a.m.
Bastian Vice President Dennis Fry said four workers died and several more were taken to DeKalb County Memorial Hospital.
Fry said he did not know what chemical was involved or how many workers were in the plant at the time of the accident.
"There was no explosion. It was an industrial accident," Fry said.
Hospital spokeswoman Maryellen Schimmoller said 20 people were being treated for what she believed was cyanide poisoning.
"At this point everything's hectic," Schimmoller said. "We're putting people in quarantine.
They're having to be very careful with what they're handling."
Schimmoller said some of the more seriously injured probably would be transferred to Parkview Memorial
Hospital in Fort Wayne, which is about 15 miles south of Auburn.
Lt. Ken Hollingsworth of the Indiana State Police said the accident involved cyanide poisoning.
Hollingsworth said one Auburn police officer also was hospitalized for observation.
No additional details of the accident were immediately available from local authorities.

Kokomo Tribune Indiana 1988-06-28

The List of The Casualties:
JEFF LINK.
BILL FREEZE.
LARRY HENSINGER.
BARNEY IRISH.
CRAIG FOGLE (who died 2 days after the incident.)