BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Kern County Fire Department retrieved a man with a broken leg from a tank and transported him to a local hospital and confirmed that one man died in a plant accident on Wednesday.
Early Wednesday morning, the fire department confirmed that two men were stuck in a 15-foot tall tank at the Live Oak Cogen plant on South Granite Road.
The two men were contractors cleaning the tank after a welding project was completed. Officials said that during the clean up, something went wrong.
The fire department did an aerial operation, where they sent a fireman down on a ladder to pull victims up in a rescue mission.
Officials are still unsure of exact events regarding the floor. Cal-OSHA and the coroner arrived and pronounced 54-year-old Barry Snelson dead at the scene.
The other man was removed from the container and his injuries were not considered life-threatening.