Two Danville Utilities workers burned in plant explosion; one released from hospital

Two City of Danville Utility workers were injured Monday morning while working on future wiring needs for Intertape Polymer Group Plant (Photo: Courtny Jodon)

UPDATE: 6:00 p.m.

One Danville utility worker has been released from the hospital following an explosion in Pittsylvania County.

Charles Sutton has been treated and released from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Danville officials say they do not have any further information on the condition of David Ward, who was transported to UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill, N.C.


DANVILLE, Va. (WSET) -- Two Danville utility workers were injured Monday morning during an explosion outside the Intertape Polymer Group plant on Eagle Springs Road in Pittsylvania County.

Jason Grey, the Director of Utilities, said the explosion happened around 11 a.m.

Grey said Charles Sutton and David Ward, the two workers, suffered burns, but he didn't know the extent of the burns.

Sutton was flown to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and Ward was taken to UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Officials said Sutton and Ward were working on the wiring for future needs at the plant when the explosion happened.

Grey said they don't know what caused the explosion yet.

“We will work with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and other authorities to determine the cause,” Grey said.

The Ringgold Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department responded to the incident.

Last week, Danville Utilities worker, Samuel Thompson, 63, died after he was electrocuted while working on a power line on Applewood Drive in Pittsylvania County; Grey said Thompson was inside the elevated bucket truck when the accident occurred.

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