An employee of Advanced Cast Products, on Mill Street in Meadville, is seriously injured in an industrial accident at just after 3:00 Thursday afternoon. 24-year-old Curtis Yoder remains in critical condition this morning at a UPMC Mercy burn unit. Yoder was airlifted from the scene last afternoon after being hit with molten iron from an exploding transfer ladle while working in the foundry.
Advanced Cast employee Michael Catalano was operating a crane when the disaster occurred:
“I was in a crane, and I heard a boom. The next thing I knew, I seen molten iron flying everywhere and I seen a kid catch on fire.”
Catalano says he and other employees attended to Yoder’s injuries and tried to extinguish the fire:
“The next thing I know, we get most of the fire put out, and we get most of the iron put down, and tried to tend to him a bit more. He had third-degree burns on his back and skin peeling, and everything. Kind of something you don’t want to see.”
Yoder was airlifted to UPMC Mercy in Pittsburgh, where he remains in critical condition.
“He’s going to make it, but he’s got serious burns, and he’s going to be in a burn clinic for a while.”
Catalano says Yoder was hired just three days prior to the accident.
A nursing supervisor at Meadville Medical Center confirmed that another employee, Jack Hanes, was treated for minor injuries yesterday, and released.