GATESVILLE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — A worker severely burned in a 2018 deadly natural gas explosion at a hospital in Central Texas has sued a Dallas-based utility seeking more than $1 million.
Matt Aaron of Oglesby alleges Atmos Energy Corporation failed to maintain its natural gas system and include a “rotten egg” odor to alert of possible leaks.READ MORE: New Texas Abortion Law Has Some Clinics In Nearby States Struggling To Keep Up With Demand
Three people were killed and 13 hurt in the June 26 accident during construction at Coryell Memorial Hospital in Gatesville, about 40 miles west of Waco. All of the dead and injured were construction workers. There were no doctors or patients injured in the explosion.READ MORE: Governor Greg Abbott Approves Miles-Long Barrier Of Police Vehicles To Deter Migrants In Del Rio
Investigators in November concluded natural gas flowed from disconnected lines into a boiler room. Wednesday’s lawsuit says Aaron, employed by Lochridge Priest Inc., was nearby. Officials aren’t sure what ignited the gas.
Atmos on Thursday repeated earlier findings that no leaks were found in its natural gas system and odorant levels complied with regulations.MORE NEWS: Judge Begins Key Hearing On Boy Scouts Bankruptcy Plan
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