Oil Field Explosions in Oklahoma Leave Four Injured

CASHION Feb. 28, 2007 (AP)

A crew working in an oil field perforating a gas well, triggered two pressure explosions that sent four people to the hospital, authorities said.

Two rig workers were flown by medical helicopter to Integris Baptist Medical Center on Tuesday, Police Chief Ronald Nelson said.

Two others who were trying to help the rig workers were hit by flying debris during the second explosion. They were treated and released from Mercy Health Center in Oklahoma City, Nelson said.

None of the victims' names were released. The explosions didn't cause a fire, officials said.

The accident occurred about 2:40 p.m. about eight miles west and two miles south of Cashion, officials said.

"They went to pressure test it, and someone forgot to hit the shutoff valve before they unscrewed the plug to do the pressure test," said Matt Skinner, a spokesman for the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. "This was not a well blowout. It was just a release of pressure."

Nelson said when his crews responded to the scene, a second explosion hurt a second rig worker and injured two emergency responders. Debris from that explosion hit one responder in the head, giving him a possible concussion, and left a second disoriented, Nelson said.

The oil well is owned by Titan Partners Corp. and the rig is owned by RDT.

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