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A 13-mile stretch of I-75 is shutdown as an explosion at a southern Kentucky factory Thursday morning left two workers unaccounted for and 22 others injured.

The blast at CTA Acoustics occurred at 8:02 EDT, according to Ray Bowman, a spokesman with the state Division of Emergency Management.

About 22 people were taken to hospitals, Bowman said. A low-hanging cloud was visible near the Knox County plant, Bowman said, and homes south of the factory were being evacuated. 27 NEWSFIRST has learned emergency personnel have also been ordered to evacuate.

Bowman said the factory was on fire and there was a release of an unknown chemical. Firefighters from three counties were arriving to fight the blaze at the plant 90 miles south of Lexington, about a half-mile off exit-29 on I-75.

According to state economic development officials, the plant makes acoustical and thermal insulation products for the industrial and automotive industries and employs 561 workers.

A message left at the company's headquarters in Madison Heights, Mich., was not immediately returned.

More information coming soon on wkyt.com & wymtnews.com
 

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