2 killed, 1 hurt in Texas gas pipeline explosion

A piece of equipment used by the contract workers apparently failed


The Associated Press

WOODSBORO, Texas — Two workers have been killed and another was hurt during a high-pressure release as the men repaired a South Texas gas pipeline.

Refugio County authorities say the accident happened Tuesday at a Southcross Energy Partners plant near Woodsboro.

Justice of the Peace Lorraine Lopez says two men were in a hole repairing a pipeline when a piece of the line came loose, releasing about 800 pounds of pressure.

One worker died at the scene. Another died at a hospital. A third man was treated at a hospital. A Southcross spokesman identified one of those dead as Dennis Henneke, an employee. The other man killed was a contract employee, and the spokesman said his identity wasn't available.

A statement Wednesday from Dallas-based Southcross says a piece of equipment used by the contract workers, including the man who was injured, apparently failed.

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