UPDATE: 9/12/2020 15:40
ADAMS COUNTY, Ohio (FOX19 / WSAZ) – Three people were taken to hospital and two were still missing after the collapse of a power plant.
The crash occurred at about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday morning at one of the buildings at U.S.’s No. 52 closed Killen Generation Station.
Investigators said the collapsed building had to be demolished on Monday.
Adams County Sheriff said a man was taken to the hospital after being rescued. Officials said he was conscious.
Sheriff Kim Rogers says, “You have to think about families. There are two families out there who have two loved ones somewhere in that building. You have to feel those people. I couldn’t imagine what was on their minds, knowing if they had a family member or a loved one, and I don’t know if they were alive or dead. This is just a tragedy. “
The WSAZ was told that one of the two missing was from Boyd County. According to a family member, Jamie Fitzgerald is among the missing.
There is no news of what caused the crash.
UPDATE: 9/12/2020 13:57
ADAMS COUNTY, Ohio (FOX19 / WSAZ) – Two people were found and three disappeared after a power plant collapsed.
It happened at work around 8 a.m. Wednesday morning before one of the buildings at the closed Killen Generation Station in U.S. 52 was demolished in a controlled manner, said Adams County Sheriff Kimmy Rogers.
The sheriff says the two found are in stable condition. Deputies said they contacted one of the three missing people.
WSAZ crews at the scene say there are helicopters on site.
This is an evolving story.
UPDATE: 9/12/2020 12:30
ADAMS COUNTY, Ohio (FOX19) – According to the Adams County Sheriff’s Office, one person will be hospitalized and three workers will not be considered for a power plant crash in Adams County Wednesday morning.
The crash occurred at about half-past 8 at work before one of the buildings in the closed Killen Generation Station in U.S. 52 was demolished in a controlled manner, said Sheriff Kimmy Rogers.
The sheriff said he had no details yet on the extent of the injury to the worker rescued from the crash and taken to hospital.
More rescue personnel will remain at the scene after the other workers, who have more staff on the road, the sheriff said.
Dispatchers confirm that the Hamilton County Urban Search and Rescue Task Force (USAR) is part of this response.
Adams County asked for their help, and Hamilton County dispatchers said they called the task force shortly after 9 p.m.
A U.S. Department of Labor spokesman said compliance with the Office of Occupational Safety and Health is also on the scene.
“It may take some time for me to have more information,” spokesman Scott Allen said.
If OSHA launches an investigation, it will determine if the work done at the time of the crash complied with all federal rules.
Typically, all potential witnesses, employees, and employers are interviewed while working to determine whether all OSHA standards and regulations have been followed.
Under OSHA law, it can take up to six months to complete an investigation. If they violate the regulations, they can be fined.
U.S. Congressman Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio) said in a tweet that he is monitoring the situation: “Please join me for the safety of all concerned.
ADAMS COUNTY, Ohio (FOX19) – More workers are not being considered for the collapse of an Adams County power plant, according to the Adams County Sheriff’s Office.
The crash occurred at the closed Killen Generating Station, a dispatcher confirmed.
It was reported at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.
The dispatcher said he was not sure how the workers were not accounted for.
FOX19 NOW staff have set off on site and will update this story on the air and on all of our digital platforms.
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