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2nd Construction Worker Dies Following Coryell Memorial Hospital Explosion


A second construction worker has died following a deadly explosion that destroyed part of Coryell Memorial Hospital in Gatesville, Texas, earlier this week.

36-Year-Old Round Rock Man Died Thursday

Filiberto Morales died of his injuries Thursday afternoon at Baylor Scott & White Hospital in Temple, according to Gatesville Police Chief Nathan Gohlke.

The 36-year-old Round Rock man was employed by Network Controls.

14 Construct Workers Injured in Coryell Memorial Explosion, 1 Other killed at Scene

The June 26th explosion at Coryell Memorial Hospital occurred shortly before 2:30 p.m. in an area of the facility that was being expanded.

Michael Bruggman, a 43-year-old construction worker from Rogers, Texas, died in the blast.

14 other construction workers were injured, all adult men.

As of Thursday, four of the injured were still being treated at Dell Seton Medical Center in Austin, seven were at Baylor Scott & White in Temple, and two were at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.

One of the victims was badly burned and suffered crush injuries to his head and chest.

Six workers suffered facial injuries and were intubated as soon as they arrived at the hospital.

Adolfson & Peterson served as general contractor on the $42 million hospital expansion project.

Bruggman and the other injured men reportedly worked for Lochridge-Priest, a Waco-based HVAC subcontractor.

Atmos Energy Confirms Natural Gas Explosion in Hospital Boiler Room

Initial suspicions that natural gas played a role in the Coryell Memorial Hospital explosion have been confirmed.

“Atmos Energy, Mid-Tex reported a natural gas explosion within the boiler room of a hospital, which had been undergoing renovations,” Texas Railroad Commission spokesperson, Ramona Nye, said in an emailed statement issued Thursday. “Atmos reports that all natural gas mains leading to the hospital were isolated.”

Its not yet known what caused the natural gas to ignite. The Railroad Commission is working to determine if any pipeline safety rules were violated.

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