State Police: Three dead, four injured in pipeline company explosion
GIBSON, LA (WVUE) - An explosion rocked a gas pipeline company Thursday morning, killing three people and injury several more according to state police.
It happened around 11 a.m. in the 4700 block of Bayou Black Drive at Williams Partners' subsidiary Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Company.
Four contractors who were performing scheduled facility maintenance are being treated for injuries, according to the company. They could not confirm the severity of the injuries. Other workers made it to safety.
"The 13 Williams employees stationed at the facility have been accounted for and were not inured," said employee John Turchin.
"We are deeply saddened by reports of serious injuries to personnel working at the scene. Our thoughts and prayers are with them and their families at this very critical time," said Warren Toups, Williams Operations Manager.
The facility was not operational at the time of the incident and gas was not flowing through the pipeline when the explosion occurred, according to the company.
Company officials' initial assessment of the incident said it does not appear to be a natural gas pipeline rupture.
Once the area is secured, Williams will work with investigators and regulatory agencies to determine the cause of the incident.
Louisiana State Police are handling the investigation. No preliminary cause has been announced yet.
The fire itself was contained to one area of the plant according to LSP. Neighbors may see smoke in the air, but police say it is not dangerous.
The road to the plant will remain closed until further notice.
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