One Killed In Plant Explosion
He was 24-year-old Andrew Bauer, of St. Joseph, a heavy equipment operator. The blast this afternoon at Triumph Foods also injured 14 people. A nursing supervisor at Heartland Regional Medical Center says three of the injured are in critical condition. Five have been treated and released, and the others are listed in fair condition. Officials suspect a natural gas explosion. Police spokesman Jim Connors says gas has been shut off to the building, but it will be another day before investigators can go inside. The plant had been scheduled to open later this fall, employing one-thousand to 1500 workers. The Triumph Foods Plant is the largest development in St. Joseph in decades. It had been expected to open this fall, employing 1,000 to 1,500 workers.