9 Construction Workers Remain Hospitalized, as Investigation Continues into Deadly Coryell Memorial Hospital Explosion
More than half of the construction workers injured last Tuesday when a deadly explosion destroyed a large section of the Coryell Memorial Hospital in Gatesville, Texas remained hospitalized as of Sunday.
Meanwhile, preliminary results indicate that the massive blast was likely triggered by a construction accident.
2 Construction Workers Tragically Killed in Coryell Memorial Hospital Explosion
The explosion at Coryell Memorial Hospital on the afternoon of June 26th occurred in a section of the facility that was undergoing a $42 million expansion project.
Michael Bruggman, a 43-year-old construction worker from Rogers, Texas, died at the scene.
A second worker, 36-year-old Filiberto Morales of Round Rock, succumbed to concussion-related injuries last Thursday.
5 of 14 Injured Construction Workers Have Been Released from Hospitals
14 other construction workers – all adult men – were hurt in the explosion, including one who suffered burns to over 70% of his body.
During a press briefing Sunday afternoon, Gatesville Police Department Chief Nathan Gohlke confirmed that only 5 of the injured workers had been released from the hospital so far.
Two men remain in the burn unit at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, three workers are at San Antonio Military Medical Center in San Antonio, and four remain at Dell Seaton Medical Center in Austin.
“I’m not sure on the extent of injuries of the men who remain in the hospital,” Gohlke said.
Natural Gas Explosion Triggered by Construction Accident
The Texas State Fire Marshall’s Office concluded its onsite forensic examination at Coryell Memorial Hospital on Sunday.
Preliminary findings indicate that a construction-related accident ignited a natural gas explosion.
Gohlke added “rumors that this explosion was a result of a buildup of large amounts of migrate gas in the gas lines, are not true.”
The full investigation will likely take up to 6 months, as officials are still in the process of interviewing witnesses and victims.
The emergency room at Coryell Memorial was able to reopen Sunday, after the property was turned over to hospital staff.
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