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Taft Midway Driller - Taft, CA
  • Bakersfield demolition explosion results in major injuries

  • One man suffered partial leg amputation, two others suffer minor injuries
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  • The implosion of an old PG&E power plant in Bakersfield Saturday morning left one man with severe injuries and two others with minor injuries.
    The Bakersfield Police Department said Saturday morning in a news release that the man most seriously injured was in the area of Jet Way and Coffee Road just south of Rosedale Highway.
    According to the BPD, an officer on the eastern perimeter began hearing screams at the time of the explosion.
    The officer located a 43-year-old man with a traumatic partial amputation of one leg and major injuries to the other leg.
    The victim wasn't identified.
    The man was treated at the scene, taken to a local hospital then flown to a medical center in Fresno for further treatment.
    Two other people suffered minor injuries from shrapnel, the BPD said, and two cars were damaged.
    The perimeter around the implosion of the old plant was designated by the demolition company, the BPD said, and BPD officers were on scene to provide traffic control and crowd control.
    The implosion took place at 6 a.m. and had been heavily publicized
    There was not immediate word if the victims were inside or outside of the perimeter.

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