Farmers killed in Illinois gas pipeline explosion
06 December 2017
Two farmers were killed and two injured, one critically, after they ruptured a natural gas pipeline while laying drainage pipes in a field near the town of Dixon, Illinois, on December 5. The pipeline is owned by Kinder Morgan and its subsidiary Natural Gas Pipeline Co. of America, and representatives arrived to investigate the incident after the resulting blaze was put out by the local fire department.
According to the emergency services, a tractor pulling the drainage pipe layer became stuck, and a second tractor, attempting to free the first, lost traction and hit the 20-inch pipeline, causing the explosion and the resulting fireball.
Two men died at the scene and the other two were taken by nearby residents to hospital, where one is in critical and the other in stable condition.
Kinder Morgan will begin making repairs to the cross country transmission line after the National Transportation Safety Board gives its clearance, a company representative said.
The state Fire Marshall's Office, State Police and the Sheriff's Department are investigating.