Blast in Texas Panhandle kills 2, injures 3


DARROUZETT, Texas (AP) - A Texas Panhandle sheriff says two people are dead from a natural gas pipeline explosion.

Lipscomb County Sheriff James Robertson said in a news release Tuesday that the men were killed shortly after the blast in a remote part of the region.

Three people were injured. One was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Oklahoma City. Two others working near the explosion had injuries not considered life-threatening.

The five men were moving clay from a pit near the pipeline when a bulldozer struck it, causing the explosion.

The blast about 270 miles northeast of Lubbock is the second natural gas line explosion in Texas in as many days.

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Previously Reported:

A natural gas pipeline explosion in Lipscomb County has sent at least one person to the hospital and several others missing.

The explosion was north of Darouzette and the Lipscomb County Sheriff's office says the injured person was sent to the hospital by a lifestar helicopter.

Right now, the fire is too big to get close to the scene, and they believe some people are missing.

We have a crew on the way to the explosion site and will have updated information as soon as it becomes available.