GATESVILLE, Texas – At least one construction worker was killed and a dozen others injured in an explosion at a Central Texas hospital.
Officials said the blast happened around 3 p.m. Tuesday in a part of the Coryell Memorial Hospital in Gatesville.
Witnesses said a generator exploded in an addition to the hospital that was under construction. The hospital chief executive said a gas line may have been involved.
The explosion caused a partial building collapse. Dr. Jeff Bates, the hospital’s medical director, said several workers were critically injured.
Some of the injured were taken to trauma centers in Temple. Two patients who suffered severe burns were airlifted to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.
None of the hospital’s patients or staff was injured but many of them were evacuated because power was knocked out to the entire area.
The name of the deceased construction worker has not been released. The majority of the victims had second- and third-degree burns after the explosion, according to officials at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Temple, the facility that treated most of those injured.
The cause of the explosion remains under investigation. Foul play is not suspected.