Two Burned In Chicken Plant Accident

Two employees have been burned in an accident at a poultry plant in Eastern Carolina.

It happened Monday afternoon at the Perdue Agribusiness Rendering Plant in Lewiston, that's in Bertie County.

Louis Luna, Vice President of Corporate Communications for Perdue told WITN News that the accident happened around 1:00 p.m. He said both employees were given first aid before rescue crews arrived. The two have been airlifted to Pitt County Memorial Hospital. Luna did not know their conditions.

The rendering plant is on the same property as the Perdue processing plant, but it is a separate facility.

Luna says families are being notified and Perdue will conduct a thorough investigation into the cause of the accident.

Perdue says 86 people work at the rendering plant.

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