A gas well worker was injured on Saturday afternoon around 3:30 P.M. after a gas well explosion caused by a high pressure airline rupture. The explosion occurred at the Antero site on Dog Run Road in Salem, WV.
The injured worker was flown by HealthNet Aeromedical Services to Ruby Memorial Hospital after he was knocked back 20 feet and struck his head on some materials. Firefighters said the worker was alert and talking with them when they arrived at the scene.
A previous incident occurred at another Antero gas-drilling site on July 7, 2013 in New Milton, WV, just 30 miles from the Salem site. The incident resulted in several injured workers who suffered burns and other injuries in connection to the explosion. Some received medical treatment at local facilities, according to news reports, while at least five workers were transported to West Penn Hospital for treatment.
Jason Mearns, age 37, died on July 28th after being hospitalized for injuries he sustained in the gas well drilling accident in New Milton, WV. Less than a week earlier Tommy Paxton, age 45, died as a result of his injuries as well. One of the individuals admitted to West Penn is now in stable condition, according to WDTV, while two others, Charles Arbogast and Michael Murray, remain in critical condition. A fund has been established at Citizens Bank in Weston to collect donations for the men, according to the report.