The Latest: 1 killed in Texas hospital explosion

Posted at 5:25 PM, Jun 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-26 19:25:56-04

The Latest on an explosion at a Central Texas hospital construction site (all times local):
6 p.m.
One person has died following an explosion at a Texas hospital construction site.
Bob Harrell, emergency manager for Coryell County, says that a dozen people were injured by the blast.
The explosion happened at the Coryell Memorial Healthcare System hospital in Gatesville.
Harrell was speaking at a news conference.
5:30 p.m.
A spokeswoman for a Central Texas hospital says four people have been injured in an explosion that struck a construction project at the hospital.
Carly Latham is the spokeswoman for the 25-bed Coryell Memorial Healthcare System in Gatesville. She said one of the four was injured critically.
Gatesville has a population of about 12,400 people.
4:45 p.m.
Emergency crews are converging on a Central Texas hospital where a large explosion has been reported.
The incident was reported about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at a construction site at the Coryell Memorial Healthcare System hospital in Gatesville, 36 miles (58 kilometers) west of Waco, Texas.
Hospital spokeswoman Carly Latham told KWTX-TV of Waco that there were injuries, but she didn’t have any totals or information on severity. She said she hadn’t heard of any deaths.
Witnesses say the explosion happened when a generator exploded in an addition to the hospital that was under construction.
A spokesman for the Texas-New Mexico Power Company says the explosion knocked out power for a large portion of the city.
Patients were being evacuated from the hospital and from two nearby nursing homes.

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