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Two die in nitrogen leak at LG Display factory

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Four others injured in accident north of Seoul

Two people have died and four others were injured in a nitrogen leak at an LG Display factory in the South Korean city of Paju. The Korea Herald reports that the employees had been carrying out repair works on the ninth floor of the factory, around 40 kilometers (24.8 miles) north of Seoul, when the accident occurred just after midday local time.

In a translated statement provided to The Verge, an LG Display spokesperson said that the leak occurred at Factory P8 while the employees were working on equipment in LG Display's LCD TV production line that was down for regular maintenance. One man died from nitrogen suffocation at the scene, while a second was pronounced dead en route to a nearby hospital. Another four people were involved in the accident: LG says one is seriously injured, while the other three are in less serious conditions. LG Display offered its consolation and apologies to the dead and said it would try its best to "control the accident and prevent recurrence."

Additional reporting contributed by Sojung Lim.