Monday, June 7, 2010

Those feared dead in explosion found; one unaccounted for

One person is unaccounted for and dozens of others were sent to hospitals in a natural gas explosion Monday that generated a towering flame that could be seen from miles around.

Officials initially feared at least three had been killed on a remote site on County Road 1120 when a work crew of 14 men from C&H Drilling of Alexandria, La., digging to plant power poles hit a gas line with a posthole digger, said Keith Scarbrough, an assistant fire chief with the city of Cleburne.

At least three are confirmed dead after an explosion on Monday on County Road 1120. 

Five of the workers were sent to the Glen Rose Medical Center and were in stable condition, Gary Marks, the hospital’s CEO said. Another was sent to Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth by helicopter.
Rescue crews are responding to an explosion on County Road 1120. 
The fire that raged for more than two hours burned about 100 acres in Johnson Somervell and Hood counties, Johnson County Sheriff Bob Alford.

The explosion around 2:30 p.m. sent Johnson County emergency personnel scrambling. The Cleburne Fire Department dispatched crews, and city manager Chester Nolen said police officers were sent out to assist.

A witness told The Associated Press she was eight miles from the site of the explosion. Laura Harlin said she heard a “huge rumbling” that she thought was thunder and then a tornado.

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