Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Highway Repairs Under Way in Wake of West Virginia Gas Line Explosion

From The Associated Press:
Contractors worked throughout the night to remove and replace an 800-foot swath of Interstate 77 that turned from asphalt to cinder in a massive natural gas line explosion that also flattened four homes and damaged five more but caused no deaths.
The Tuesday afternoon blast between Sissonville and Pocatalico, about 15 miles outside the capital city of Charleston, melted guardrails, cooked the green enamel off highway signs and burned utility poles, while leaving a huge hole in the highway. Though several people were treated for smoke inhalation, no serious injuries were reported either on or off the major commuter route.
But hours afterward, respiratory therapist Sancha Adkins was still shaky. She was heading north toward a patient's home in Ripley, a tractor-trailer behind her, when a flash alongside the highway caught her eye.
"And then I just see this whole huge ball of fire, and I'm slamming on the brakes and pulling off to the side of the road, and then the flames come across the road in front of me," she said, still breathless and nearly hysterical hours later. "I saw parts of something — I don't know what it was, a house maybe? — exploding."
Read the rest here.

Original report on the explosion can be found here. 

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