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The Latest: Driver hurt in oxygen tanker blast in California

July 19, 2018

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on an explosion involving an oxygen tanker in California (all times local):

6:30 p.m.

Officials say no patients or medical employees were hurt in an explosion involving an oxygen tanker truck that prompted the evacuation of Kaiser Permanente offices in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Initial emergency dispatch reports indicated that the truck had crashed into a building at the medical facility Wednesday afternoon in Santa Rosa. But authorities said later that there was no crash and the incident is considered an industrial accident.

The Press Democrat newspaper reports the truck’s driver was hospitalized with unknown injuries.

Assistant Fire Marshal Paul Lowenthal says something apparently went wrong with the connection as the truck’s tank was delivering oxygen to an on-site tank at the offices.

Callers to 911 said the blast made nearby buildings shake. Patients were evacuated in wheelchairs and on gurneys. The offices will be open as usual Thursday.


4:25 p.m.

Authorities say an oxygen tanker truck has crashed and caused an explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area, closing a key highway and forcing evacuations at a medical clinic.

However, no injuries are reported.

California Highway Patrol Officer John Sloat says 911 callers reported a blast Wednesday afternoon that caused buildings to shake at the Kaiser outpatient clinic in Santa Rosa.

Sloat says the tanker hit something and sprung a leak. There are no flames but hazardous materials crews are at the scene.

U.S. 101, which runs nearby, is closed in both directions.

A Kaiser spokesperson tells KNTV that patients were able to evacuate themselves from the clinic.

The clinic is a few blocks from Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical Center, about 50 miles north of San Francisco.

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