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By Olivia Harnack
Whitman County Gazette 

Whitman County employee seriously injured after explosion

Injury required helicopter transportation to Spokane


Justin Slayton | The Gazette

Life Flight responds to the call at the Colfax airport.

COLFAX - A local man, 36, was severely injured with trauma to his head in an explosion while working for Whitman County Public Works on Duncan Springs Road on Thursday, June 8.

The injury and explosion were believed to have been caused by combustibles that the city employee was working with.

The investigation led detectives to find that the man was working with Toluene, a hydrocarbon that, when exposed to high amounts of heat, can cause a variety of ailments and injuries.

"It has to do with the production of paints and rubbers. I believe it was exposed to extreme heat," said Whitman County...

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