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Sunday, July 7, 2013

Gas well explosion injures 8, four seriously enough to be flown to burn center

"You come to the rigs, you do what you do and you don't ask questions," said wife of a rigger and trucker (who was working at the well pad who received third-degree burns on his knees, forearms, hands and face) in the waiting room of West Penn Hospital's burn unit Sunday, waiting for news from the doctor.

A natural gas well in West Virginia exploded early Sunday, injuring eight people. Doddridge County Emergency Medical Services said the well, about an hour southwest of Morgantown in New Milton, ignited about 4 a.m. Four people were flown to West Penn Hospital's burn center; the other four were treated locally. It was unclear whether the victims were all workers.