Worker injured in dam explosion released from hospital

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Priest Rapids Dam (Photo: Grant County PUD)

SEATTLE (AP) — One of the six workers injured in an explosion at a hydroelectric dam in central Washington has been released from the hospital.

Harborview Medical Center in Seattle said Sunday that one other worker was upgraded from critical to serious condition and remains in the intensive care unit.

He’s one of four workers who remain hospitalized following the explosion on Thursday. One man is in critical condition in intensive care, and two others are in satisfactory condition.

None of the workers have been identified.

A Grant County Public Utility District official has said an electrical equipment malfunction caused the explosion at a hydroelectric dam near Mattawa. The injured workers were described as power plant electricians and operators whose primary duties are to work on equipment at the dam.

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