Bystanders injured when debris from plant implosion strikes crowd

Posted on: 4:28 pm, August 5, 2013, by


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A Saturday morning that started out with cheers suddenly turned to pain and horror as debris from the imploding Old Pacific Gas and Electric Plant hit people watching across the street in Bakersfield, California.

“The piece of metal hit right below, it’s inside my leg right here,” said Fred Garten.

Debris also struck four other people, seriously injuring a 44-year-old Bakersfield man.

“The male sustained a complete amputation,” said Lt. Scott Tunnicliffe, Bakersfield Police Department. “Apparent complete amputation of one leg and possible amputation of the second.”

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