Two Injured In Pasta Plant Explosion

The employees were performing maintenance at Gilster-Mary Lee's southern Illinois plant when the explosion occurred.

STEELEVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- An explosion at a southern Illinois pasta-making plant has left two workers injured.

Gilster-Mary Lee spokesman Tom Welge says the workers on Thursday were performing maintenance to equipment at the Steeleville plant when the explosion occurred.

Welge says the workers were taken to a St. Louis hospital for treatment. He did not reveal the extent of their injuries.

Company officials say a damage assessment of the plant and its equipment was conducted, and operations were resumed hours after the explosion.

Steeleville is about 65 miles southeast of St. Louis.

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