A pipeline worker, killed Monday when a natural gas line blew, was thrown into a fence and died instantly, the Stark County Coroner’s Office said.Read more by clicking here.
Coroner’s Office Investigator Rick Walters said Wesley J. Johnson, 60, of Wooster, was standing near the pipe while he and another Columbia Gas Transmission worker were completing maintenance at a metering station.
The cause of the incident, in the 8500 block of Beth Avenue SW, remains under investigation, line owner TransCanda said.
Investigators believe the end cap came off the pipe, spewing natural gas and other materials used in the transmission line. The pressure of the materials threw Johnson backward into the fence, Walters said.
An autopsy was conducted Tuesday, with Walters saying beforehand the cause of death was massive trauma to Johnson’s chest.
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