Texas City, TX Steam Tank Collapse, Nov 1977


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


Monsanto accident

Not much info on this accident that took both of our fathers. I have some eyewitness info from guys who worked there, but that is all. It's unfortunate that no one ever talked about it... feel free to contact me.


Jim Irwin and the tank collapse

I worked with Jim at Texas City and I have a bit more info on that tank incident. I would like to pass it on to Jim's son.

Thanks for Sharing

Thanks to whoever posted this article. My father, James Patrick Irwin, died in this accident when I was five and I have never been able to find anything on the internet about it.

Thanks for posting this..

My father was killed in this accident, along with several of my good friends fathers... there is NO information about this accident anywhere.