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Man hurt in reported asphalt plant explosion

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Wendling Asphalt Plant - WQAD

A man was reportedly hurt when hot asphalt sprayed on him at a local asphalt plant in Muscatine County, Iowa. 

It happened at about 8:30 a.m. at the Wendling Asphalt plant near Highway 6 and Noble Avenue, between Moscow and Atalissa, Iowa.

Kyle Gottschalk, 41, of Lowden, Iowa, was reportedly sprayed with hot asphalt as a result of an explosion inside the asphalt building on the north side of the property.

Gottschalk is a long-time employee of the plant.  He was described as a quality-control technician.

A helicopter ambulance airlifted Gottschalk to a hospital in Iowa City.

A plant spokesperson said they will investigate the incident after checking on the injured worker at the hospital. 

Wendling employs about 200 people and operates approximately 100 quarries.  In addition to making hot mix asphalt, the company produces crushed stone, sand, gravel and processes recycled concrete and asphalt. 

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