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Delek Refining Update: Funeral Services & Operations Update

Some good news for the injured Delek Refining worker still in a Dallas hospital.  James Hammett, 52 remains in ICU in critical condition at Parkland Hospital, but hospital officials tell us he is stable.

Hammett's neighbors say he was known as Jim.  Hammett had worked at the refinery for years. Hammett and his wife had two grown children, a daughter and a son.  The neighbor also said she hasn't seen them since the blast.

"I saw the truck that night, or the night after, and I thought that he had just come home," said Hammett's neighbor Sharisa Rainwater.  "I didn't know that he had got hurt at all.  We'll be praying for their family and hope that he comes home soon."  A Delek spokesperson said their main priority right now is their employees.  They have grievance counselors on site.  Delek also said some employees are back at work.  Saturday, KLTV 7 saw trucks driving into the refinery and filling up.  Delek says there are scheduled runs that will continue until the company disposes of existing inventory.

In a statement Delek says, "It will gradually shut down parts of the refinery in stages during the next several days to begin a damage assessment and continue the incident investigatory process."  They went on to say the refinery will remain offline pending a detailed review of the exact cause and origin of the accident.

No word yet on when all the employees will go back to work.  Right now, Delek says it depends on when the investigation is complete.

Funeral services have been set for Dale Sharman, 49 who died from injuries suffered in the explosion.  The visitation will be Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Lloyd James Funeral Home in Tyler. The service is set for Monday morning at 10 a.m. at the same place.

Tragedy funds have also been set up for both the family of Dale Sharman and James Hammett. Both funds are at McMcurry Federal Credit Union.

Danielle Capper, Reporting.


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