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Oilsands plant explosion near Fort McMurray leaves 1 dead, another critical

Nexen long lake facility

Nexen Energy’s Long Lake facility at Alberta’s tar sands. Photo: CBC News.

Person in critical condition flown to University of Alberta burn centre

CBC News Jan 15, 2016

One person is dead and another is in critical condition in hospital after an explosion Friday afternoon at Alberta’s Nexen Long Lake facility, Wood Buffalo RCMP say.

The person in critical condition was flown by the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo LifeFlight helicopter to the University of Alberta’s burn centre.

A coker exploded at the plant located near Fort McMurray around 4:30 p.m., said Staff Sgt. Jeremie Landry. Read the rest of this entry