Air line bursts, hurting 2 at parts plant in Thumb

ELKTON, Mich. (AP) — Authorities in Michigan’s Thumb say two workers were injured when a high-pressure air line burst.

The Huron County sheriff’s department says the accident happened about 8 a.m. Monday at a Tower Automotive plant in Elkton.

Sheriff Kelly J. Hanson says a 61-year-old Sebewaing man and a 60-year-old Port Austin man were flown to hospitals for treatment.

There was no immediate word of their conditions, but Tower Automotive spokesman Derek Fiebeg says the company is thankful that “the injuries were non-life threatening in nature.”

Hanson says it appears the men were working on a large, high-pressure air line when it separated, making a loud boom.

He says the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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