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Explosion Rips Through Blast Furnace in Wales

Sun, 11th Nov 2001

Part of the show How Drugs Affect the Body

Surgeons are working around the clock to save six steelworkers horrifically burnt in the blast at Corus' Port Talbot plant. 2 men were killed as the explosion ripped through blast furnace number 5 on Thursday night. The others were on critical care and general medical wars. The surgeons are battling to save them, being technically skilled in a high-tech unit at Swansea in south Wales. The influx of injured has meant transferring other cases to hospitals nearby.

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