Barge Explosion Victim's Condition Upgraded; 2 still Critical

Barge Explosion Victim's Condition Upgraded; 2 still Critical

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The three men injured in the violent barge explosion on Mobile River continue to recover tonight at the USA Burn Center. There is some good news as one of the men is making some progress.

Hospital officials say Casey Tyson was upgraded from critical to serious condition. The other two men in that explosion remain in critical condition.

We spoke with a surgeon at the burn center and he didn't speak specifically about the victims, but says gasoline burns tend to do a lot of damage because it burns so hot. There is also the risk created by the fumes.

"Anytime you have chemicals or products of incomplete combustion you have the likelihood that some of these products may be inhaled so it's a greater risk that they were going to have airway or deep lung injury," said Dr. Amin Frotin

Tyson was worker and the two other victims were working to clean the barge when they were injured in the initial explosion.

Family members say another victim, George Erickson, has severe burns on more than half his body. The other victim has still not been identified.

 

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