Eastern Carolina Man Survives Connecticut Power Plant Explosion

A man from Eastern Carolina survived an explosion that killed five workers Sunday in Connecticut.

Family members say Paul Gaskins of Holly Ridge was among those injured when part of the Kleen Energy plant in Middletown blew up.

Gaskins' wife says her husband was thrown about 40 feet by the blast. The 49-year-old is bruised and in a lot of pain, but otherwise is okay in a Connecticut hospital. Anna Gaskins told WITN News that her husband is expected to be driven home Tuesday and will have to undergo a lot of bed rest.

Gaskins and his brother are turbine specialists and own a South Carolina company that provides technical services to power plants.

Anna Gaskins says her brother-in-law was headed to the plant when the explosion happened and called her with word of her husband's injuries. She says another worker with her husband's company was not injured in the blast.

The explosion blew out walls of the plant and set off a fire during a test of natural gas lines. The cause of the blast is unknown, and the investigation began Monday morning.


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