1 hurt in Greene County explosion

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One man was injured in an explosion this morning at a natural gas well in the eastern part of Greene County.

The man, whose name has not been released, was flown by helicopter to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va. His condition was not immediately available.

The explosion was reported at 9:40 a.m. at a site along Route 88 in Cumberland, according to emergency dispatchers.

No other injuries were reported.

The cause of the explosion is being investigated by state police in Waynesburg.

Helen Humphreys, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Environmental Protection, said the explosion involved a truck that malfunction near the gas well. The well itself did not explode and was not affected, she said.

The explosion occured when something on the truck malfunctioned while workers were forcing water and sand through the well to fracture underground rock formations and release the gas, Ms. Humpheys said.


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