Construction Explosion Kills 1, Injures 12 at Texas Hospital

June 27, 2018

Tuesday afternoon about 2:30 p.m. on a construction site of the 25-bed Coryell Memorial Hospital in Gatesville, Texas, an explosion occured that collapsed walls and knocked out power to the hospital as well as about 900 surrounding homes and businesses.

One construction worker was killed and 12 other were injured. No patients, staff members or long-term care residents were injured in the blast but four patients were moved to another facility.

The cause of the blast has not yet been dertermined. Witnesses said an electric generator inside an uncompleted hospital expansion exploded, spreading shrapnel. However, Dave Byrom, the hospital's chief executive, said the blast possibly started with a gas leak from a boiler in the part of the hospital under construction.