Tragedy befell one unnamed male contractor on Wednesday morning as 9-1-1 service began sending emergency response vehicles to a reported explosion at Oak Grove Power Plant in the northeastern area of Robertson County. According to sources close to the investigation, four injuries were reported, and three victims were treated and released on scene. One male, believed to be a contractor, lasted his life according to several sources, confided to the newspaper. A re-commissioning of a boiler is the focus of the investigation. According to newspaper sources, the boiler was being tested when it exploded and claimed the life of the unnamed contracted employee.
The incident has been reported as occurring between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. "Our sincerest thoughts and prayers are with the families of those impacted by this unfortunate event, and we would like to thank the local first responders for their quick response and efforts to render aid," said an Oak Grove Power Plant spokesperson. No other statement has been released as media and news outlets await any public response from Luminate, Inc., which owns and operates Oak Grove Power Plant. All other employees and contractors have been accounted for, and no other known injuries exist. Oak Grove remains in operation and is generating electricity. Robertson County Emergency Management took to social media with this post: Robertson County First Responders responded to a report of an explosion at the Oak Grove Power Plant.
Initial reports were of an explosion with multiple injuries. Upon arrival, crews found that there was an explosion from a boiler, and there was one person seriously injured who succumbed to their injuries. There were no other injuries, and the incident is under control. There is no threat to the public. Please Keep all Luminant employees and the victim's family in your prayers. This is the second incident at the power plant in 2023. Four contract workers were rushed to a Temple hospital in February following possible exposure to a hazardous chemical. Two were taken to a hospital by medical helicopters, and two others by ambulance.
Luminate released this statement following that incident. "Our team at Oak Grove called for medical assistance when a few contractors complained of various symptoms. They were treated at the site and have since been transported to a local hospital for further evaluation and treatment. We are investigating the incident and working with their employer to determine the cause of their symptoms." The newspaper and all media await patiently for any information from Luminate and will report as soon as possible.