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Explosion, Injury at Catt. Co Asphalt Plant



Delevan, NY (AP/WBEN) Authorities say a worker has been injured in an explosion at an asphalt plant in rural western New York.
  
State police say the blast occurred around 6 a.m. Friday at the Gernatt Asphalt Products plant in the Cattaraugus County village of Delevan, 35 miles southeast of Buffalo.
  
Troopers say 53-year-old Thomas Treadway was in the process of shutting down the asphalt plant when an explosion occurred in the conveyor belt, causing significant damage to the facility.
  
Police say Treadway suffered serious burns to his upper body and was taken by helicopter to a Buffalo hospital, where he's listed in serious condition.
  
A company official says he can't comment yet.
  
Gernatt operates more than a dozen plants and excavation sites that supply sand, gravel and other construction materials in western New York and northwestern Pennsylvania.


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