Agreement reached about explosion site cleanup

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The news of the construction worker Wilber Dimas’ death comes as a McLennan County Judge Vicky Menard extended the halt to clean up at the explosion site.

Dimas Family Attorney Jim Dunnam reached an agreement on Monday with Coryell Community Hospital, Atmos Energy and two construction companies – Lochridge-Priest Company and the contracting company. 

Dunnam says this agreement will allow investigators to properly inspect the site before letting the clean up continue. He says it is a step closer to finding out the truth. 

FOX44 is waiting to hear back from the hospital and Lochridge-Priest for their takes on the decision.

Wiber’s sister Maricela wants answers to what caused the explosion which killed her brother. She says, “It is just an accident that no one wants to talk about? I need to find out what happened. I cannot do it on my own.”

Earlier this month, the judge issued a restraining order to stop the clean up of the explosion site to preserve evidence. This new agreement allows for investigators to take over next week. 

“This is a positive step for all of the victims, and really for the public, to understand what happened that day,” says Dunnam.

The inspection will last from July 25 to July 29. Dunnam says the inspection will be done in an open fashion to preserve the evidence, then the hospital can resume picking up the pieces.

For more information on the explosion, you can view our story here.

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