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Worker badly injured by leaking propane

A man was injured and a portion of Route 1 in Saugus was closed Thursday morning after a nearby construction site reported a propane leak, State Police said.

The man works for Ferrellgas, a propane distributor hired to provide heat at the Walmart construction site at 770 Broadway. He was coming to remove the tanks on Thursday, said Saugus Fire Deputy Chief Mike Newbury.

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He went to take the piping off a 1,000-poud propane tank, thinking it was empty, when the gas started leaking out, said Newbury.

“He tried to stop the leak with his hands first and then dove across it on his stomach,” said Newbury. “About 30 to 50 percent of his body suffered freeze burns.”

The unidentified man was in a hospital and was “badly damaged,” according to Newbury.

State Police and Saugus firefighters worked to clean up the scene. Both the northbound and southbound lanes were closed between Main Street and Lynn Fells Parkway, State Police said.

Drivers experienced delays, State Police said.

Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at jacqueline.tempera@globe.com. Follow her on twitter @jacktemp.
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