2 dead, 2 injured in explosion after tractor hits gas line

07 December, 2017, 07:17 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Fire rages near Nachusa Tuesday morning

Two people are dead and two others hospitalized Tuesday after farming equipment struck a natural gas line that exploded in northern IL, officials said.

The names of the four are being withheld until all immediate family members are notified, Lee County Sheriff John Simonton said at a news conference this afternoon. 38 leading to a large fire.

Two men died at the scene; the other two were taken by nearby residents to Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital, then transferred to OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, where one was in critical condition, and the other is in what Simonton said is stable condition.

Fire crews told WIFR that farm workers were installing a tile to help with ground moisture, and a tractor got stuck.

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First responders arrived to find a large fire coming from a large gas pipeline which was extinguished when the pipeline's owner, Kinder Morgan, cut gas to it. Because the pipeline is a federally regulated, the NTSB will assist in the investigation.

The Lee County coroner was called to Nachusa, Ill., for two fatalities Tuesday morning, as sheriff's officers investigated a report of an explosion.

A gas company there making sure the gas line is now safe.

The Illinois State Fire Marshal's Office also said that it has investigators at the scene.

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