1 dead after large explosion at Central Texas hospital

Explosion reported at Coryell Memorial hospital

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CORYELL COUNTY, Texas – 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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Posted by Sue Eckhardt on Tuesday, June 26, 2018

South Texas blood donors encouraged to help patients in need: 

The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center has been asked to help patients affected by the explosion by sending platelets and whole blood units to Baylor Scott and White Hospital in Temple.

Donors with blood types O negative and platelet donors are especially encouraged to donate.

Volunteer donors are encouraged to call 210-731-5590 to schedule a blood or platelet donation to help replenish blood and platelets being sent to help patients impacted by the Central Texas explosion.

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