2 men killed in chemical leak at LyondellBasell facility in La Porte identified

Two people were killed, several injured during chemical leak

HOUSTON – The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences has identified the two people who were killed in the LyondellBasell chemical leak at its La Porte facility on Tuesday.

Shawn Andrew Kuhleman and Dustin “Dusty” Don Day were the contractors who died.

The family attorney for Shawn Kuhleman passed along the following statement: “On behalf of his wife, 2 boys, and all family: We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Shawn A. Kuhleman, age 32, on July 27, 2021 as a result of the chemical explosion incident in LaPorte, Texas. Shawn attended Arlington High School before meeting Jessie, his wife of 12 years. He was never more proud than 7 and 9 years ago when each of his boys were born. Shawn’s passions were all things lake, spending time in his garage, and enjoying time with his wife and boys. Along with family he leaves behind many great friends and a job he truly loved doing. We appreciate all of the love and support during this incredibly difficult time. Please respect our privacy as we grieve this unimaginable loss.”

A GoFundMe account has been set up in his name.

Day’s wife Jennifer, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, told KPRC 2 her husband was an Army veteran. She said Day died on her birthday.

Day said a friend set up a GoFundMe account to help pay for her husband’s funeral expenses.

Officials said 42 employees were injured after 100,000 pounds of acetic acid was released in the leak.

KPRC 2 is working to learn more about those who died or were injured and will bring more details as information is made available.

Read more about the leak and its immediate aftermath in KPRC 2′s initial report.

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