Less than a week after an accident at a Arkansas nuclear plant killed one person, three people were injured Tuesday afternoon at the Callaway Energy Center near Fulton, Mo. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports an electrical flash occurred around 5:06 p.m. CT as employees worked in a switchyard. All three of the injured were taken to local hospitals. A 911 call came in 10 minutes after the accident that said two of the victims had burns to the face. Initially, Ameren Missouri didn't release any information as to the details of the accident.
* A medical helicopter was one of the emergency vehicles dispatched to the site, located about 25 miles northeast of Jefferson City, the state capital. The Associated Press garnered information from personnel not connected with the plant after initial reports came in Tuesday evening.
* The company, citing privacy concerns, hasn't released the current condition of the workers. Those injured have not been identified as of yet.
* Ameren communications director Rita Holmes-Bobo told the Post-Dispatch Wednesday the accident is "kind of like when a spark happens." She continued to say the flash "was very hot" even though the men may not have been touching anything electrical when they were injured.
* Power generation activities at the plant were not affected. The accident occurred outside the protected area of the plant in an area where power is transmitted to customers.
* The Fulton Sun reports Ameren issued a statement five hours after the accident. The injured co-workers are the first concern of the company. The utility also claims he plant continues to operate safely.
* The Associated Press reveals the cause of the electrical flash is unknown. The accident occurred two days after an incident in Arkansas when one worker died and three employees were injured as a generator fell when it was being moved out of the turbine building at the Arkansas Nuclear One plant in Russellville, Ark. Reuters reports no nuclear material was released in the Arkansas incident, either.
* The Callaway Energy Center is the only commercial nuclear reactor in Missouri. The plant has been in operation since 1984 and provides electricity to more than 780,000 customers. The motto Ameren has for the facility is "Safe. Clean. Affordable." The plant generates 1,190 megawatts of power and cost $3 billion to build.William Browning, a lifelong Missouri resident, writes about local and state issues for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. Born in St. Louis, Browning earned his bachelor's degree in English from the University of Missouri. He currently resides in Branson.
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