Federal investigators have taken over the site of Thursday’s natural gas pipeline explosion that killed one person and left five injured south of Danville.
The blast ejected 30 feet of pipeline into the air, scorched railroad tracks and burned mobile homes, forcing the evacuation of about 75 people after midnight on Thursday morning. Firefighters battled the 300-foot blaze for hours before extinguishing it.
Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board took over the scene Thursday and will begin looking for a cause.
“Our mission is to understand not just what happened, but why it happened and to recommend changes to prevent it from reoccurring again,” said Mike Hiller, NTSB senior accident investigator on Friday.
The Lincoln County Coroner has identified the deceased woman as Lisa Denise Derringer, 58, of Stanford. Hiller said residents will likely be able to return to the site to gather their belongings on Saturday.Click here to read more.