WA Dam Blast Injures 6

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 @ 01:10 PM gHale

Six workers suffered injuries in an explosion at Priest Rapids Dam on the Columbia River in Washington, officials said.

The employees suffered the injuries Thursday afternoon in an explosion attributed to electrical equipment at the dam in Central Washington near Mattawa, said officials at the Grant Public Utility District.

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The six have various levels of injuries with some flown to hospitals and others transported by ambulance. Harborview Medical Center spokeswoman Susan Gregg says the Seattle hospital is treating two people from the explosion.

The structure of the dam is stable and no one down river is at risk, said Utility district spokesman Thomas Stredwick.

Multiple agencies responded to the incident and officials are investigating the cause.

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