One Tragically Killed, Five Injured in Gas Line Explosion in Junction City, Kentucky
JUNCTION CITY, KY. – According to a news story reported online at wsmv.com, one person was tragically killed, and five other people were injured in a gas pipeline explosion that occurred in Junction City, Kentucky. Officials in the area reported that some people were still missing after homes around the blast site were evacuated.*
The explosion occurred at about 1 a.m. and was large enough that it showed up on weather radar, according to a local meteorologist. The pipeline, called the Texas Eastern Transmission, spans about 9,000 miles from the edge of Texas to New York. The 30-inch-wide pipeline is controlled by Enbridge, a company based in Canada.
Due to the pressure with which the pipeline moves natural gas, the explosion caused flames about 300 feet high. It is not clear at this time what led to the explosion, but WSMV states that it took firefighters several hours to put out the subsequent fire.
Homes in the Indian Camp mobile home park by the site of the explosion were all evacuated by emergency crews. The homes’ occupants (about 75 in total) were taken to the New Hope Baptist Church in Stanford, Kentucky, where a shelter had been set up for evacuees. Officials said that some homes were destroyed in the fire, and five to seven people had not been accounted for since the time of the blast.
“The part of the area that has been compromised, there’s just nothing left,” said Don Gillam, Lincoln County Emergency Management Director. “The residences that are still standing or damaged will be accessible. There doesn’t really look like there’s any in-between back there. They’re either destroyed, or they’re still standing.”
The explosion and fire caused damage to a set of railroad tracks in the area, authorities said, which resulted in an overnight backup of more than 30 trains.
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