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Hemphill County authorities are investigating a gas pipeline explosion about eight miles east of Canadian that critically injured a worker, the Canadian Record reported.
Construction crews were working on the line with a trackhoe about 7:30 a.m. Friday when a blast ripped through the site, tossing the trackhoe into the air, witnesses said.
A worker suffered second-degree burns over 13 percent of his body, including injuries to his head, face and arms, according to the Canadian Record. Emergency crews transported the unidentified man to a hospital in Canadian.
Emergency responders were still at the scene, but further information was unavailable, the Hemphill County Sheriff’s Office said.
The trackhoe and three other vehicles were damaged, and firefighters and law enforcement officers evacuated to a safe distance as acetylene and oxygen tanks exploded, the Record said.
Last Thursday, at the intersection of Highway 60/83, an Eastex Crude Company semi flipped onto its side and slid into a guard rail. Mitchell Donaldson was traveling west on Highway 60 when he approached the ramp to turn north onto Highway 83. He took the ramp too quickly and the weight of the tanker shifted […]
Many across the Panhandle were awakened early Wednesday morning by a massive orange haze.