DETROIT -- A molten steel spill at Ford Motor Co.'s Rouge manufacturing complex in Dearborn, Mich., injured at least six people this morning. Production at Ford's Dearborn truck plant was not interrupted.
The accident at Severstal Steel happened around 9:10 a.m. after a small eruption of molten steel in a hauling unit on Severstal property, according to Severstal Executive Vice President Bill Hornberger. Molten steel spilled from the carrier, causing a small fire and two of the carrier's tires to explode.
Two Ford-employed firefighters were taken to area hospitals for minor injuries, a Ford spokeswoman said. Four Severstal employees were treated for minor injuries, the most serious being a broken finger, Hornberger said.
Production at Severstal Steel was slowed by the accident but was expected to return to a normal pace this afternoon, Hornberger said.
Severstal is the Russia-based owner of the former Rouge Steel.
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