Worker dies, another hospitalized after ADM plant incident

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One worker died and another was hospitalized after both men lost consciousness at the Archer Daniels Midland ethanol plant in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Co-workers reportedly found the two unconscious victims in the facility’s corn wet mill area, where the corn is fermented, just after 7 a.m. Wednesday, January 2, 2013. 

One of the workers, a 50-year-old man, was pronounced dead at a Cedar Rapids hospital. 

The other worker, a 46-year-old man, was reportedly being treated at another hospital

Radio Iowa reported the surviving victim was listed in stable condition.

A statement issued by the Cedar Rapids Fire Department reportedly said the “oxygen-deficient environment” where the men were working may have caused them to lose consciousness. 

The incident remained under investigation.