A three-person investigative team from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board will investigate an incident that killed four people and injured four others on April 3 at the Loy-Lange Box Co. in St. Louis.
According to initial reports, the incident took place when a boiler exploded at the plant, where one worker was killed. The force of the explosion launched the boiler into the air, where it flew approximately 500' before landing on a nearby laundry facility. Two members of the public, Christopher Watkins, 46, and Tonya Suarez-Gonzalez, 43, a married couple from St. Ann, Mo., died at the scene. A Loy-Lange engineer, Kenneth Trentham, 59, also died in the blast. Clifford Lee, 53, of St. Louis, died April 5 as a result of the injuries he sustained in the blast. All four victims were in the laundry office.