Heartland Midwest supervisor speaks about recovery after JJ's explosion

Heartland supervisor still healing

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A year after an explosion destroyed JJ's restaurant, the Heartland Midwest supervisor severely injured in the accident says he's thankful to be alive.

Mike Tanner has spent the last year recovering from severe injuries he sustained from the explosion. He sustained burns to much of his body, and had to have his spleen removed. He still doesn't have use of his left arm, and feels pain from nerve damage.

He also doesn't remember much of what happened before or after the explosion.

"I remember going down there and getting there and looking at the situation and speaking with my guys and trying to figure out the whole situation," Tanner told 41 Action News.

Video helped him piece together how long he had actually been on the scene before the explosion.

"Actually I had just gotten there and I hadn't been there 10 or 15 minutes," Tanner added.

After the explosion, Tanner spent almost a month in and out of consciousness. A lot of what he knows about what happened in the explosion has been pieced together from pictures taken that day.

"I have seen a lot of pictures that look familiar. Some I don't remember at all," Tanner said.

He said people have told him MGE workers dug him out, and he has seen the picture of firefighters carrying him out of the scene.

 "I don't remember any of that," Tanner said.

Tanner said he was happy to hear the report from the Missouri Public Service Commission showed the Heartland Midwest boring crew had done everything they could.

"If we had known about that other line… if anything...another marking on the ground would have made a difference because we would have found the third item," Tanner said.

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