Memorial soccer game planned for man killed in plant explosion

Zachary Green
Zachary Green

HAMMOND, LA (WAFB) - An explosion Thursday morning in Geismar, LA at the Williams Olefins plant killed two men. The first man who died was 29-year-old Zach Green. His body was found by the Louisiana State Police Haz-Mat team shortly after the blast.

Zach Green is from Hammond. He was an operator at the plant and started working there in October. He is survived by his wife and daughter. Zach graduated from Ponchatoula High School in 2002.

Zach's brother, Nick Green, rushed to the Lamar Dixon evacuation site as soon as he heard about the explosion. "I wasn't even there five minutes when I got a phone call," says Green. "I found out that he had been identified as the one killed."

Nick says he will be there for his brother's wife and their child. "We will always continue to be there for his daughter, every Fathers Day, with his friends. We'll make sure she's taken care of," said Green.

While the family is full of sadness, Nick says his brother would not want them to grieve. "Being sad was not a part of his life. It's always get up and go. Be happy, have a good time. If something happens try to find something bright and keep going."

Zach loved soccer and that is why his family is holding a memorial soccer game this Saturday at the Ponchatoula High School football stadium for friends and family, however, they say anyone who wants to come is allowed. "Anybody who has every played with Zach knows Zach," says his long time friend Erin Lyon. "We've been best friends he was like a brother to me. We do need referees though."

The football stadium is behind Ponchatoula High School, just off Highway 22, at 19452 Louisiana 22, Ponchatoula, LA.

Williams Olefins officials met with Zach's family at their home Thursday.

"We are grieving for the loss of Zach who was part of our Williams community. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time of sorrow. We also remain deeply concerned about Williams' personnel and contractors who sustained injuries, some quite serious," said Alan Armstrong, Williams' president and chief executive officer.

There is no word yet on funeral arrangements.

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