Number of injured rises to 7 in Texas pipeline explosions

Published 08-02-2018

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MIDLAND, Texas (AP) - The number of people injured in a series of explosions on a West Texas natural gas pipeline has risen to seven.

Authorities initially said five people - a volunteer firefighter and four pipeline employees - were hurt Wednesday when the explosions happened about 20 miles (32 kilometers) southeast of Midland. But city spokeswoman Elana Ladd tells KOSA-TV in Odessa that two others also were hurt.

Ladd didn't immediately return a phone message Thursday to say if the other two victims were firefighters or pipeline workers.

At least four pipeline workers were taken to a Lubbock hospital for treatment of burns. The firefighter was taken to Midland Memorial Hospital.

Authorities say firefighters had suppressed the fire from the initial explosion when two explosions followed in quick succession.

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