A contractor working at CMC Steel was critically hurt and taken to a local hospital following an industrial accident Tuesday in Guadalupe County, fire department officials said.

Only one person was hurt when a fire erupted on a piece of mechanical equipment the man was operating, said Chief Tim Bogisch of the McQueeney Volunteer Fire Department.

“They had an industrial accident involving one of the contractors working on site,” he said. “One person was transported to the hospital with very severe injuries.”

Firefighters from McQueeney and an ambulance crew from Seguin Fire Department were called about 2:55 p.m. to the steel manufacturer’s property, Seguin Fire Chief Dale Skinner said.

The initial call was for a medical response involving machinery outside, he said. McQueeney was in charge of the incident but his personnel took one patient in critical condition to Guadalupe Regional Medical Center, Skinner said.

“We did transport an employee,” he said. “I don’t even know if it’s male or female, the patient.”

Both fire chiefs referred additional questions to CMC Steel. A CMC spokesperson said she was unable to discuss the incident because it involved a contractor for TMS International. A TMS spokesman declined comment.

Dalondo Moultrie is the assistant managing editor of the Seguin Gazette. You can e-mail him at dalondo.moultrie@seguingazette.com .

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