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Plainsboro Hospital Explosion Sends Patient to Saint Barnabas Burn Unit

Jackie Schatell

Friday, April 11, 2014 • 5:22pm

PLAINSBORO, NJ - Police are investigating a hospital explosion that occurred on April 10 at 8:48 p.m., in a patient’s third floor room at Plainsboro’s University Medical Center of Princeton, in which an oxygen tank exploded injuring a nurse who was taken to The Burn Unit at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. The patient, who remains unnamed, is listed in critical condition.

A patient and a visitor who also were in the room at the time were treated for smoke inhalation. Police and firefighters were alerted to the explosion.

Today, Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief Guy Armour of the Plainsboro Police Department announced that an investigation is underway to determine the reason that the oxygen tank exploded. The preliminary investigation has determined that the explosion and a brief fire that followed were caused by the oxygen tank, but the reason for the blast remains under investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator Todd O’Malley of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-3908. Questions may be directed to Jim O’Neill, public information officer, at (732) 745-3300.

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