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5 NEWS UPDATE: Worker Dies After Compression Station Fire
Written by Whitney Wetzel
Last updated on April 15, 2013 @ 12:21PM
Created on April 15, 2013 @ 5:03AM
 
Update 4/14:
 
According to a press release from the Tyler County Sheriff's Office, one of three workers involved in the Twin Hickory explosion last Thursday, Bruce Phipps, 56, of Marietta, OH, has died as a result of his injuries.
 
The Tyler County Sheriff's Office has not received any other reports on the other two workers involved. The investigation is still on-going.
 
Original Story 4/11:
 
Four people were taken to the hospital after an explosion in Tyler County on Thursday.
 
Around 7:00 pm, crews were called to the Twin Hickories compression station near Wick, where there was an explosion, with some storage tanks on fire.
 
Three people had to be flown to the West Penn Burn Center in Pittsburgh. A fourth person was taken by ambulance to Sistersville General Hospital. No word yet on their conditions.
 
Jason Maisey, Assistant Chief of the Middlebourne VFD told WV MetroNews that when crews arrived on scene a track-hoe and two tanks were on fire.  He also said that this was not a well, this was a compressor station. Maisey also said that the workers were using a new piece of equipment to “pig” the line.  
 
WV MetroNews is also reporting that  the facility is owned by Marietta, Ohio based Eureka-Hunter.
 
It took crews more than an hour to put the fire out. The cause of the explosion is under investigation.

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