Man injured in chemical plant explosion dies

Man injured in chemical plant explosion dies

(WMC-TV) – One of the chemical plant workers injured in an explosion Monday died as a result of his injuries.

According to The MED, Gregory McKnight, 50, died Wednesday night.

McKnight was one of two men who suffered severe burns over 80 to 100 percent of their bodies during the explosion at the PennAKem plant.

His family and friends took to Facebook Thursday to share condolences for him.

"I LOVE U COUSIN GREG..MY heart is so heavy..this is so HARD TO BELIEVE..God truly took home a GREAT MAN," a family member posted to Facebook Thursday.

Ten other employees who were working at the time were not injured.

The explosion was so loud it was felt for miles. People who lived nearby were evacuated from the area while fire crews stabilized the scene.

What caused the explosion is still being investigated.

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