Priest Rapids Dam Explosion Injures Six

Worker Injured in Priest Rapids Dam Explosion Released From Hospital

11:35 Update:

Three patients were airlifted to Harborview Medicial Center in Seattle. One is a 58-year-old male who is satisfactory and two other males in their 40’s are critical in intensive care. Harborview is expecting two more patients.

7:20 p.m. 10/08/2015 Update on Priest Rapids Dam Incident from Grant PUD
At approximately 4:15 p.m. today an explosion was reported at Priest Rapids Dam along the Columbia River. At this point there are six confirmed employees with various levels of injury that have been taken to regional medical facilities via airlift or ground ambulance. All six employee families have been notified. The extent of their injuries is unknown at this time.

The cause of the explosion is attributed electrical equipment and the hydroelectric facility remains stable. Additional informational updates will be made available tomorrow when new details are known.

ORIGINAL STORY:

A developing story, an explosion rocked Priest Rapids Dam along the Columbia River around 4:14 Thursday. That dam is the one located about 24 miles south of Vantage between the Yakima Firing Range and Hanford,

At least six people have been injured. While the nature of their injuries are unknown, we’re told all have been transported to hospitals by ambulance or aircraft.

Your Local ABC News spoke to Grant County PUD Public Affairs Director Tom Stredwick.

He tells us the dam is still operational. The cause of the explosion is unknown but may have been due to an electrical malfunction.

He says there is no threat to the public and he wanted to reiterate there is no damage to the dam itself.

Priest Rapids Dam is a hydroelectric, concrete gravity dam. It is owned by the Grant County Public Utility District.

Your Local ABC also has a crew in route and will update you on our Facebook and Twitter pages when more information becomes available.