Energy & Environment

2 Workers Killed, 1 Hurt In South Texas Pipeline Accident

Officials say two workers have been killed and another was hurt during a high-pressure release as the men did repairs on a South Texas gas pipeline.

WOODSBORO, Texas (AP) — Officials say two workers have been killed and another was hurt during a high-pressure release as the men did repairs on a South Texas gas pipeline.

Refugio County authorities say the accident happened Tuesday afternoon at a Southcross Energy Partners plant near Woodsboro.

Justice of the Peace Lorraine Lopez says two of the men were in a hole repairing a gas pipeline when a piece of the line came loose, releasing about 800 pounds of pressure. The victims were blown from the hole.

Officials say one man died at the scene. Another died at a hospital. The third man was being treated at a hospital.

A statement Wednesday from Dallas-based Southcross says a company employee and a contract worker were killed. Southcross says a piece of equipment used by the contract workers, including the man who was injured, apparently failed.

Names of the victims weren’t immediately released.

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