Three injured in explosion at East Texas oil field

Published on Monday, 12 August 2013 10:01 - Written by

BY KENNETH DEAN

kdean@tylerpaper.com

Investigators with the Gregg County Sheriff's Office and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration continue to search for answers into an explosion that injured three in an East Texas oil field Saturday.

Kirk Haddix, of the sheriff's office, said the accident happened Saturday about 12:50 pm. at 1010 Cox Dairy Road.

Haddix said 54-year-old Kenneth Shahan of Center, 26-year-old Brent Ellison of Hawkins and 25-year-old Antonio Exner were injured in the blast.

Both men were contracted by Exxon-Mobil to work the site.

Haddis said the explosion appears to have been caused by welding on a pipe believed to be clear of hydrocarbons.

Shahan and Ellison were transported to Parkland Hospital in Dallas. Exner was treated and later released at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview.

Haddix said Shahan’s injuries consisted of 2nd degree burns and blast injury; Ellison had 3rd degree burns and blast injury and Exner had minor burns.

The explosion remains under investigation by Gregg County Fire Marshal Preston Hogue and investigators from OSHA.