Oil Field Worker Critical After Being Burned in Robertson County Explosion by Clay Falls, July 10, 2014, kbtx.com
NEW BADEN, Texas – An oil field worker is in critical condition after an explosion in Robertson County. Wednesday afternoon some oil tanks caught fire just east of Franklin off Highway 79 near New Baden on Rabe Cutoff. The 25-year-old worker was airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston.
Sources say an oil well was being capped and was operated by Finaly Resources.
Robertson County Sheriff’s Investigator Steve Misterek says the man was the only one on the site at the time of the fire. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and ATF Agents are investigating the incident which at this time is believed to have been an industrial accident.
Explosions at Abandoned Oil Well in Robertson County Injure At Least One by KBTX.com, July 09, 2014
An afternoon oil field blast could be felt for miles around Robertson County Wednesday afternoon. … An oil field worker was airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston on this helicopter and is believed to have burns to his head and neck after the well was engulfed in flames. Sources tell us it was being capped and been out of commission for some time.
Robertson County Sheriff’s Investigator Steve Misterek tells us the man was the only one on the site at the time of the fire and it’s unclear what work was being done. “We’ll get in there and take a look at the site and see if we can find any clues to actually what happened and stuff. Qe haven’t been able to talk to the individual due to his injuries,” said Misterek. …
Investigators tells us there was no immediate threat to the public.
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