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Man critical after incident at demolition

Posted: August 17, 2013 2:37 p.m.
Updated: August 17, 2013 2:37 p.m.

BAKERSFIELD (AP) — Doctors say the 43-year-old man critically injured during the demolition of a Central California power plant could be able to keep both his legs.

The Bakersfield Californian ( ) reports Jerry Wood is in intensive care following an 11-hour surgery that extended late into Thursday night.

His lawyer, Dennis Thelen, says it's still unclear whether Wood, a sales and marketing director, will regain the use of either leg.

Another surgery is scheduled for Thursday.

The Bakersfield resident was among five people injured when shrapnel flew past a safety perimeter during demolition Aug. 10.

The other four spectators sustained minor injuries.

The steam power plant was owned by the Pacific Gas and Electric Co.

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health and California Public Utilities Commission are investigating the incident.


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