(Shoshoni, WY) – The Shoshoni Police Department Chief Chris Konija released the following statement just after 12:30 am on April 22nd:
At approximately 3:24 P.M. on April 21, 2021, a loud explosion was heard to the southeast of Shoshoni. Initial reports were received by Fremont County Dispatch of a railcar explosion at approximately 3:26 P.M. at Wasatch Railcar Repair, 8 Muskrat Rd with possible injuries. Officers with the Shoshoni Police Department responded and arrived at approximately 3:28 P.M. and learned that at least two persons were unresponsive inside of a rail car tanker.
Fremont County Sheriff’s Office, Fremont County Fire, AMR ground ambulance, and Guardian Lifeflight were immediately dispatched to respond to a multiple casualty incident.
Due to the high level of noxious gases encountered, a specialized confined quarters response team was requested from Casper Fire. Two deceased males were recovered from inside the tanker; identifications will be made by the Fremont County Coroner’s Office pending family notifications.
The cause of the explosion remains under investigation and will be coordinated with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Federal Railroad Association (FRA).
County 10 will share any additional updates released by authorities.