Posted: Jun 8, 2012 12:19 PM by Associated Press
CANADIAN, Texas (AP) - An equipment operator has been slightly hurt in a fiery explosion near a natural gas pipeline in the Texas Panhandle.
Hemphill County Sheriff Morse Burroughs says the accident happened Friday morning about 11 miles east of Canadian.
Burroughs says a Presser Construction Inc. crew was working on a pipeline that had been shut off. The sheriff says some residual gas got sucked into the running engine of a track hoe, which ignited.
Burroughs says the track hoe operator suffered minor injuries and was treated and released from a hospital. The track hoe and three service trucks burned. Firefighters monitored the blaze, which burned itself out.
Denver-based DCP Midstream says company officials are investigating and regulators have been notified. The accident involved a 4-inch low pressure gathering line.
Presser declined comment.
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