UPDATE: Worker injured after pipe fails during test at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital

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UPDATE 1:37 p.m.: Carilion Clinic says a worker is being treated for injuries following reports of a “possible explosion” at the hospital Thursday morning.

According to a statement shared with WFXR News by Carilion officials, a worker at the Crystal Spring Tower construction site was testing the pressure of a pipe when the pipe failed, injuring the worker around 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 15.

In addition to staff from the hospital, members of Roanoke Fire-EMS responded to the site to assist with the injured worker.

“There are no other injuries, and thankfully both the Carilion employees that were in our emergency department at the time in addition to the first responders, Roanoke Fire-EMS were there very quickly,” said Chris Turnbull, Sr. Dir. of Corporate Communications and Operational Continuity Carilion Clinic.

WFXR News has learned the worker is in fair condition and not a Carillion employee but works for a contractor.

“None of our operations have been interrupted, and the construction site is operating normally,” said Christopher Turnbull, senior director of corporate communications and operational continuity for Carilion Clinic. “Right now, our focus is on helping the injured worker.”

Carilion officials say they will be investigating the cause of the pipe failure.


UPDATE 12:53 p.m.: Officials have confirmed that one worker was injured after Thursday morning’s “possible explosion” at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

According to Carilion Clinic spokesperson, Chris Turnbull, the worker was performing a test on a line at the time of the incident, but it has not been determined what kind of line was being tested.

The worker was brought to the emergency room and their injuries are still being evaluated as of this writing.


ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — First responders were sent to the scene of a “possible explosion” at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital that left one person injured Thursday morning.

Just after 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 15, Roanoke Fire-EMS says crews were dispatched to the construction area at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for a possible explosion associated with ongoing construction activities.

During their investigation, fire officials say they determined that a line failed during an air test.

One patient was transported, but the department says there is no ongoing hazard at this time.

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