Texas City, TX Steam Tank Collapse, Nov 1977
THREE KILLED WHEN TANK FOLDS.
Texas City, Texas (AP) -- Investigators attempted today to determine what caused a condensed steam tank to collapse and kill three men at a chemical plant.
Two other men were critically burned Wednesday in a flood of scalding water from the 500,000-gallon tank at the Monsanto Co. plant.
The dead were identified as:
J. P. IRWIN, 31, of Friendswood, a manufacturing supervisor.
MILLARD AKERS, 43, of Texas City, a maintenance foreman.
B. G. ELLISTON, 49, of Dickinson, an insulator.
Two men were listed in critical condition at a Galveston hospital. One of them was J. E. GUIDRY, 45, of Texas City, an insulator. Company
officials withheld the name of the other injured man pending notification of next of kin.
Plant manager P. E. Brubaker said the tank of condensed steam was part of a styrene unit and the men were working around it trying to locate a leak in the structure when the tank collapsed.
Big Spring Herald Texas 1977-11-18