Man burned when propane tank ruptures Plant worker hurt on rail spur COUNTYWIDE

June 28, 1993|By Staff report

A 41-year-old Glen Burnie man remained hospitalized yesterday, suffering from burns he received Saturday in Jessup when a propane tank ruptured.

The injured man, Norman Harkum, was flown by state police helicopter to the Baltimore Regional Burn Center at the Francis Scott Key Medical Center, where he remains in satisfactory condition, a spokeswoman said.

The Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corp. plant worker received second-and third-degree-burns to his right leg, arm and face, said Lt. Robert Wiseman, a Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services spokesman.

At about 10:15 a.m. Saturday, Mr. Harkum was using a track-mobile vehicle to pull nine freight cars on a CSX Transportation rail spur in the 8200 block of Patuxent Range Road, Lieutenant Wiseman said.

Apparently, the weight of the rail cars prevented the track vehicle from stopping at the end of the rail line, causing the first car to partially derail. A steel stop bumper ruptured the vehicle's 40-pound propane gas tank, Lieutenant Wiseman said.

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