1 Dead, 12 Hurt in Construction Explosion at Texas Hospital

GATESVILLE, Texas (AP) — One construction worker was killed and a dozen other workers injured from an explosion in an addition to a Texas hospital Tuesday, authorities said.

Bob Harrell, the Coryell County, Texas, emergency manager said all of those killed or injured were construction workers and not hospital staff or patients.

The incident was reported about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at a construction site at the 25-bed hospital in Gatesville, 36 miles (58 kilometers) west of Waco, Texas.

Witnesses say 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. Gatesville has a population of about 12,400 people.