1 Dead, 1 Hurt in TX Asphalt Plant Blast

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 @ 09:09 AM gHale


One man died and another suffered injuries in a fiery tank explosion at a South Texas asphalt plant.

The explosion happened before dawn Wednesday at a Haas-Anderson Construction site in Corpus Christi, officials said.

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Investigators are trying to determine what caused the blast, said Corpus Christi Fire Captain James Brown.

A burner fuel tank exploded, leading to the fire, officials said. The original report stated multiple workers were in the area during the time of the explosion.

Brown said it took firefighters about an hour to extinguish the blaze, which was contained to a tank area.

The Nueces County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the man who died as Jose de la Torre, 53, of Corpus Christi.

Authorities didn’t immediately provide details on the injured man, who was taken to a hospital.

The plant will remain closed indefinitely as damaged is assessed, according to James Anderson, vice president at Haas-Anderson. 

The company is working on about 20 construction projects, including several road projects for TxDOT. Anderson says those projects will continue out of another plant the company owns in Gregory.