SAN PEDRO (CBSLA) – A dock worker at the Port of Los Angeles was killed and a second was injured after a tire exploded Wednesday morning.
At around 7:25 a.m., a tire on a top loader exploded at Fenix Marine Services terminal at Pier 300, a spokesperson for L.A. Port police told CBS2.READ MORE: Vandenberg To Launch 2,000th Rocket Monday
L.A. County Fire Department crews arrived to find one worker dead at the scene. A second worker was rushed to Harbor UCLA Medical Center with unknown injuries.READ MORE: John Hinckley, Who Attempted To Assassinate President Reagan, Gets Unconditional Release
Their names and genders were not immediately disclosed.
L.A. City Councilman Joe Buscaino, whose district represents San Pedro, issued a statement which read in part, “I am heartbroken to hear that this morning we lost one of our ILWU brothers in an industrial accident at the Port of Los Angeles while another has been seriously injured…Today is a tragic reminder of the danger that thousands of workers face every day working on our docks.”MORE NEWS: Los Angeles County Gas Prices Hit New 2021 High
The exact cause of the explosion was not confirmed. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (CAL/OSHA) is investigating.