Two workers killed in Jeffrey Center power plant accident

By Grant Stephens
WIBW – June 4, 2018

BREAKING UPDATE:The two workers at the Westar’s Jeffrey Energy Center have died following an incident over the weekend, a spokesperson for the utility confirmed.

PREVIOUS STORY: There has been an incident at Jeffrey Energy Center resulting in injuries, according to spokeswoman Gina Penzig with Westar Energy.

Penzig confirmed two workers were injured with severe burns before 12:30 p.m. on Sunday at the St. Marys facility located at 25905 Jeffrey Rd.

The workers were transported to the University of Kansas Medical Center by helicopter.

Part of the facility has been shut down, but the plant is still operational.

Jeffrey Energy Center is a 2,178 megawatt coal-fired power plant. It is the largest plant in the state.

The company identified the workers as Operations Supervisors Craig Burchett of Overbrook and Jesse Henson of Manhattan but did not provide additional details about them. Westar said equipment with high-pressure steam behind it apparently failed.


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